Bangladeshi scientist Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan invented a biodegradable and eco-friendly bag from jute cellulose, which is being considered to have great potential in replacing plastic bags. The scientist calls it ''Sonali Bag''. Sonali is the Bengali word for “golden” and, locally, Jute is called golden fiber.
Bangladeshi scientist Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan invented a biodegradable and eco-friendly bag from jute cellulose, which is being considered to have great potential in replacing plastic bags. The scientist calls it ''Sonali Bag''.
Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan, Scientific Adviser of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC), was the inventor of eco-friendly bags from jute named Sonali Bag in 2016. It is a cellulose-based biodegradable bioplastic, an alternative to plastic bags.
Plastics are impossible to recover for recycling and aren't suitable for composting. The prefix “bio” can be very misleading: plastics do degrade, but not into something biological. It breaks into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic.
After getting a huge positive response and the successful invention of ‘Sonali Bag’ and ‘Jutin’ made from jute polymer Dr. Mubarak Ahmad Khan, Scientific Advisor of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) and Former Chief Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, has taken an initiative to make special Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which is similar to conventional PPE in terms of quality but it is not toxic.
As a fiber, jute is biodegradable (it degrades biologically in 1 to 2 years) and compostable. In other words, disposing of jute does not come with a huge environmental impact. Jute scraps in compost continue the jute's sustainability feature, as we use compost for land organic fertilization.
Waste plastic bags are polluting the land and water immensely. Plastic bags have become a threat to the life of animals living on earth as well as in water. Chemicals released by waste plastic bags enter the soil and make it infertile. Plastic bags are having a negative impact on human health.
In a warm environment, it will degrade within a year. In a damp, cold environment, maybe two or three years, but it will be a whole lot quicker than conventional plastic.
Biodegradable products break down much faster than other types of products. Biodegradable products break down into carbon dioxide, water vapor, and organic material, which aren't harmful to the environment. Typically, they're made from sustainable materials and plant by-products, such as corn starch or sugarcane.
Over hundred local and international buyers have already showed their interest to buy biodegradable polymar Bags (Sonali Bag) from Bangladesh.