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Nature manages just fine without plastic. It even provides ingredients for alternative packaging, like popcorn.

A 14-year-old girl from Gadwal, India, was struck by how many plastic bags were used for cultivating plants.

So she prepared a dough out of discarded groundnut shells: a pot for her saplings. Now a startup has expanded her idea, creating a biopress machine that requires no maintenance.

The machine can produce up to 500 pots a day – pots which not only reduce the need for plastic bags, but nourish the saplings at the same time.

The project is a good example of rural innovations that will create jobs in the long term.

Shells from tamarinds or eggs are also highly suitable for sustainable enterprises.

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