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Bangladeshi Scientist Invents Biodegradable Single-Use Bag Made From Jute

As countries around the world try to cut down on throw-away plastic shopping bags, Bangladesh is hoping to cash in on an alternative: plastic-like bags made from jute, the plant fiber used to produce burlap bags. 

Bangladesh is the world’s second biggest producer of jute after India, though the so-called “golden fiber” — named for its color and its once-high price — has lost its sheen as demand has fallen.

 
Now, however, a Bangladeshi scientist has found a way to turn the fiber into low-cost biodegradable cellulose sheets that can be made into greener throw-away bags that look and feel much like plastic ones.
 
He says the sacks are biodegradable after three months buried in soil, and can also be recycled.
 
Bangladesh is now producing over 2,000 bags a day on an experimental basis, but plans to scale up commercial production after signing an agreement with the British arm of a Japanese green packaging firm.
 
Bangladesh Prime Minister urged those working on the project “to help expedite the wider usage of the golden bags” for both economic and environmental gains
 
The government approved about $900,000 in funding from Bangladesh’s own climate change trust fund to help pave the way for large-scale production of the bags.

 

 

UK fights to stop carbon emissions

The U.K. has set one of the most ambitious carbon emission-reduction targets among major economies, making the country a case study in how climate goals call for big shifts in policy, the economy and technology.
 
Britain is one of several heavy polluters including the U.S., China and the European Union to have unveiled emission plans
 
Fires in North America and in Russia’s northeast, flooding in Europe and China and a severe drought in Brazil have injected additional urgency into diplomatic efforts to limit the rise in global temperatures.
 
In a bid to establish the U.K.’s environmental bona fides Prime Minister, said the country will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 78% from 1990 levels by 2035. President Biden, meanwhile, aims to halve U.S. emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels. China is targeting a peak in emissions by 2030.
 
The reductions would likely bring tough changes in areas including transportation, housing and industry, according to energy executives, bankers and investors. The U.K. government is committed to meeting its targets and will publish a plan for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050
 
Hitting the U.K.’s longer-run target of net-zero emissions by 2050 would involve cleaning up sectors such as manufacturing and construction. Doing so would partly rely on less-established technologies such as using hydrogen to fire furnaces and kilns, and on capturing and storing carbon.