Plastic waste is a truly global problem. More than 480 billion bottles are produced annually, yet only 14% are recycled. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, there could be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the ocean by 2050, if current trends in plastic disposal continue. So, it becomes necessary to find solutions for it.
The Israeli-French entrepreneur Morris Amsellem, who is engaged in plastic processing, has invented and patented a way to reduce the amount of plastic in the world by 80%. Using this method, it is possible to facilitate the work of plastic processing stations, and also the method will not harm the environment.
On Monday, December 9th, Morris Amsellem, CEO of the waste management company Ecoams Planet, introduced Bakbuk – a revolutionary way to reduce plastic. This simple solution will help to crush plastic bottles and facilitate recycling for both consumers and beverage manufacturers.
The key to the uncomplicated solution is a biodegradable rubber band tied around a particular part of the bottle, which helps consumers easily fold their empty bottles and reduce its volume by 80%. The volume reduction will allow anxious recyclers to save space and reduce the frequency needed to deposit waste in the recycling container or travel to the waste center, says Amsellem.
Besides, Bakbuk also reduces the number of trips to recycling sites, reduces transport and compression costs, and, in general, increases efficiency and productivity.
The rubber band can be implemented on any type of original PET plastic bottle, including those used by the world’s leading beverage manufacturers. To date, patent applications have been filed in 58 countries around the world.
This solution has already been patented in 14 countries. Currently, representatives of Ecoams Planet are negotiating the introduction of this method in the production of bottles that sell well-known brands.