In this blog post, we are honoured to have Sizi the Marketing & Communication Manager of Evoware, to share her insights on the company. Their mission is to create innovative solutions from seaweed to solve the plastic waste issue while increasing the livelihood of Indonesia’s seaweed farmers.
What is Evoware?
Evoware is a sustainable container making company that aims to combat the rise of plasticware usage, in which that they end up either in the ocean or the landfills. Besides making the seaweed-based sachets, they also produce edible cups that are compostable, biodegradable and obviously edible.
Why did you choose to target Food and Beverages (FnB) industry?
FnB industry produces the highest amount of plastics. Sadly, 30% of those plasticware end up being thrown away and drifted in the ocean. That’s how our oceans are being polluted. Hence, we decided that we should tackle the FnB industry.
Why use seaweed?
With more that 11000 islands next to Philippines, Indonesia is arguably one of the largest seaweed producer in the world.
The rise of seaweed farmers.
However, problems arise as these seaweed farmers are producing a huge surplus of product that are unable to penetrate the market competition. As these farmers are often lived under poverty, Evoware hires these farmers and offer higher salary to ensure a more sustainable living for these farmers. This is also part of Evoware’s movement to educate these farmers on sustainability.
Seaweed does not pose risk to deforestation because seaweed does not require land to grow. Not only does seaweed absorb greenhouse gases as it grows; unlike most other crops, seaweed does not require fertilizer: “It really is win-win situation for Evoware and the environment when it comes to seaweed packaging.” She said.
How are these seaweeds being transformed into sachets?
“Evoware does not add any chemical to transform seaweed raw into packaging,” Sizi assured. “We make these sachets in many different sizes and all of them are hand made by the local workers.” She continued.
How does Evoware contribute to the local community economy besides helping the local seaweed farmers?
“We are trying to make as much changes as possible in moving towards a zero waste and sustainable lifestyle.” She exclaimed.
“Circular Economy is definitely highlighted in our products especially the sachets and the edible cup where it is almost quite literally zero waste. Our products when being thrown, will not produce any waste as they simply dissolve and disappear. In addition, these products do not pose any harmful effects as seaweed production is sustainable: It merely requires the right environment and optimum temperature to create an algae bloom and make seaweed.” She reassured.
How does the local community get involved in Evoware?
Evoware has participated on various levels which includes education and spreading awareness to the local community from Makassar to Jakarta. We also hire underprivileged teenagers or orphans to help them to build a better and more sustainable lifestyle. Evoware is also actively involved with schools who are interested in teaching green efforts. We are also collaborating with NGOs to further increase awareness on sustainability.
Where do you see Evoware going in the next 5 years?
We are planning on to have an automated production. The RnD team is currently developing the automated machine to increase Seaweed Sachet and Edible Cups production.
We are also expanding our product line in Sabah using local material such as bamboo.
If you would like to know more about Evoware, do come join OSCE Days Festival happening on the 20-21st July! We have 4 Bicara sessions, 20 workshops and diverse vendors! You wouldn’t want to miss!