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BIS Standards for Biodegradable Agri By-Product Utensils

BIS Standards: A significant standard for food serving utensils manufactured from agricultural byproducts, IS 18267: 2023, has been released by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). This standard seeks to decrease plastic pollution, encourage sustainability, and benefit a wide range of stakeholders.

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Reducing Plastic Pollution and Promoting Sustainability 

IS 18267: 2023 sets out to tackle the pressing issue of plastic pollution by encouraging the use of biodegradable agri-by-product utensils. These tools have a number of benefits, including protection of the environment, preservation of natural resources, and encouragement of a circular economy. These utensils pave the way for a more sustainable future by lowering reliance on single-use plastics.

Economic Opportunities for Farmers 

The development of commercial prospects for farmers is one of the primary advantages of this standard. Farmers can increase their income by using agricultural byproducts as preferred materials for utensil production, such as leaves and sheaths. This encourages a mutually beneficial partnership between the manufacturing and agricultural industries, encourages sustainable agriculture methods, and fosters rural development.

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Market Potential and Manufacturer Benefits 

The market opportunity for biodegradable cutlery is favourable. By 2028, it is anticipated that the market for disposable plates alone will be worth USD 6.73 billion. Manufacturers on a large scale and at the micro, small, and Medium enterprise (MSME) level stand to gain a lot from this standard. As the market’s need for biodegradable cutlery continues to grow, businesses have plenty of options to supply it.

Recommended Manufacturing Techniques and Key Requirements 

The suggested production methods described in IS 18267: 2023 include hot pressing, cold pressing, moulding, and sewing. These methods guarantee the creation of high-quality kitchenware with non-sharp edges and smooth surfaces. The standard also emphasizes restricting dangerous chemicals, resins, and adhesives to protect the safety and well-being of consumers.

Uniformity in Quality Requirements 

The standard’s establishment of consistency in quality requirements across the nation is one of its main goals. IS 18267: 2023 guarantees that manufacturers and customers follow uniform standards by offering thorough guidance. This develops consumer trust, improves the standing of biodegradable cutlery, and encourages a competitive and ethical market.

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