1. The BENIH Foundation will improve and develop the prototype of plastic-based corncob and corn husks into biodegradable plastic. This effort will involve community development and a university as an engine of growth for environmental conservation and economic growth 2. Pilot location is taking place in Bogor- West Java - Indonesia where in 2019 the local government is targeting this region to become one of the corn industry center in Java.
According to UNDP - Human Development Report 2018, Indonesia is the second largest plastic pollutant in the world after China. With 267 million population and 17,000 islands, almost 10 billion plastic is used, over 95% becoming waste. Indonesia is currently estimated to produce more than 190,000 tons of waste each day. Plastics are estimated to contribute around 25,000 tons per day of total waste, of which at least 20 percent is believed to end up in rivers and coastal waters.
The project will focus on socio-science-economical lens of improving and further developing a prototype of plastic-based humps and corn husks into organic-friendly (organic-degradable) plastic. Furthermore, this Bogor - Indonesia based project will involve local community development by creating corn industry and a university as an engine of growth for environmental conservation and economic growth.
In the next 5-10 years, we can reduce the use of normal plastic by 50% while giving significant impact to the local economy in Bogor and/or Indonesia at large.