Plastic Pollution Challenge

The issue we prioritise in tackling the waste crisis is the staggering usage of single-use packaging especially plastic packaging. The pandemic has shifted Indonesia’s lifestyle from offline to online purchases to accommodate basic and subsidiary needs. With deliveries becoming more common, it is expected that excessive plastic packaging (44,8% increase) will push waste issues to an even more critical point, thus branding Indonesia as the second largest contributor of plastic waste.

In the villages most locals rely on farming as their primary source of income. In some instances, this practice is still precarious, labour intensive and gender specific. Here, most of their income is still below the regional’s minimum wage threshold. Accordingly, we work closely with smallholder farmers and other communities at risk, to generate an alternative means of revenue, increase their economic resilience and increase their capacity. Both environmental and socio-economic issues are detrimental for us to tackle for a more sustainable and circular future as they all go hand in hand.

Solution

Plépah creates biodegradable packaging as a solution to the post-consumer waste problem. In developing alternative solutions we prioritise locally-sourced material as well as existing skills and tools. Plépah sustainable products is an NTFP solution aiming to provide alternatives or replace demand for single-use materials and alleviate further environmental burden through excessive non-perishable waste.

Innovation

    Plépah provides bio-degradable and carbon neutral packaging. Our first packaging products are 100% natural made from Areca Palm leaf sheath. They biodegrade within 60 days and are compostable. They are food grade, water resistant, can be put in the microwave, oven and freezer.

    We provided the community with affordable technology to process the material into quality products. We custom design the technology in accordance to the needs; scale and material. We adopted  a decentralised ‘Micro-Manufacturing’ concept which uses modular and compact technology. These design systems simplify and speed up the maintenance process with parts that are readily available and allows the community to assemble and easily maintain the machinery. This appropriated-scale design allows the system to be more flexible, adaptive and in accordance with the capacities of the local communities.

    We focus on community empowerment and use various research methods to produce insights and solutions for a greater impact. By strengthening the community capacity our solution generates economic security within the village for a resilient economy and promotes a sustainable business scheme.

Impact

Plépah enables the valorisation of under-utilised agricultural waste by manufacturing biodegradable food packaging from local materials and implementing a decentralised micro-manufacturing approach to alleviate plastic waste in the environment and strengthen the socio-economic resilience of the community and farmers.

We look towards the SDGs as our blueprint; Decent Work & Economic Growth, Industry & Innovation & Infrastructure, Responsible Consumption & Production.

  • We implemented job creation, through recruiting farmers and/or unskilled labour workers in local area, which in turn increases local farmers and workers’ alternative income from the scheme. We empower women by providing a workplace with flexible working hours and involve youth from local areas who are interested in innovative design and learning opportunities.
  • We currently have impacted 50 farming households in material collection, 10 workers in the production area of Mendis Village, South Sumatra, 7 of whom are youths or women.
  • We support domestic technology development, research and innovation through implementing Micro-manufacturing systems.
  • We worked together with an independent sustainability consultant company to calculate the Life Cycle Analysis of our product; cradle to gate. Our estimated emission saving is 0.130 kg Co2, per product based on estimated emission of plastic packaging of similar volume size..

Business Model

We build a strong business ecosystem by partnering with businesses and stakeholders that not only care about the environment and the social impact, but who are also actively taking action. In the downstream we present a sustainable business model for BUMDes or Village Cooperatives whose impact will reverberate on people’s livelihoods through innovations generated from local commodities. In the upstream, Plépah boosts the products into the market by partnering with ESG businesses, restaurants/cafes and other distribution channel.

Traction & Key Metrics

Our key metrics are job creation for unskilled & unemployed workers, specifically for women and youths. We hope to increase income to the minimum regional level for all community and farmers involved in the scheme. We currently have impacted 50 farming households in material collection, 10 workers in the production area of Mendis Village, South Sumatra, 7 of them are women and youths who  through this job creation, have increased their income by up to USD 105.

Our products are also available in several online marketplace, such as Sustaination, Tokopedia, Shopee and Bukalapak, attracting more and more customers across Indonesia.

We hope to continuously manufacture from other of other underused agricultural waste and  ultimately continuously track our carbon emission, produce carbon neutral products and have net zero emission by 2050. The pandemic has exacerbated businesses, governments and society at large to rethink their strategies in moving forward. Therefore, we think this is the perfect time to research and implement innovative solutions for the regenerative future.

Vision

Our long term vision for this project is to explore and utilise more under-used agricultural waste that has the potential to be developed into other valuable biodegradable products. With our ongoing material research on bio-composite materials; we are able to not only create food packaging, we are able to diversify into other products packaging, such as secondary packaging for FMCG products and collaborate with fashion & beauty brands.

Investment

To date, we have raised capital in the form of grants and research grants.

We are looking for impact investors to finance our growth. We are also always on a lookout for research grants for material research and product development. The finance would help towards increasing the production capacity as well as towards market growth to establish ourselves as pioneers in the industry and reach a large market for maximum impact.

Contact

For more informations about us :

Ms. Almira Zulfikar

 

Website: www.plepah.com

Phone No.: (62) 81212-930930

Email: hallo@plepah.com