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Cibhi Selven, a young man from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, decided to take an active part in solving the city’s plastic problem – and to do that, he quit his job in the U.S. and started his very own company. Regeno, Selven’s company, creates a range of products including bags, packaging, tableware, and utensils made from vegetable starch so they are completely biodegradable and compostable too.

After graduating college, Selven moved to the U.S. to complete his masters in finance. He spent over four years studying and working. During his stay, he learned about efforts to reduce plastic waste and noticed people actively trying to be more environmentally friendly.

“I kept observing how people shopped and consumed things and started comparing it to how we do things in India,” Selven told The Better India. “This shed light on the disparity that exists in what we study and what we practically do in our very own country. And while I thought creating social awareness is a difficult task, giving people an alternative solution to an existing problem is equally important. I knew I had to come back to India and do something sustainable for my country.”

That was the very beginning of Regeno! The company’s Bio Bags completely biodegrade in three to four months. They are also soluble in water, burn like paper and turn into ash, and are even safe for animals to consume. With all those qualities, the bags amazingly still look like your typical single-use plastic ones.

Regeno became an official company only six months ago, but in that short time, it has seen significant success. Selven also found some difficulties in starting the business, especially in the field of raising awareness of the issue and why people should care about eco-friendly alternatives to plastic at all.

The cost of manufacturing – bigger than that of making plastic bags but smaller than that of paper and cotton – is also an issue, but Selven is doing his best to scale it down. For the cost to go down, however, the demand for the product has to increase – and, hopefully, that is exactly what will happen and the company’s products will have a chance to replace their plastic counterparts on a large scale. To learn more about Regeno, click here.

Inspired by this story and want to learn more about how you can help the planet by using less plastic? Check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

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