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Japanese man invents ‘edible’ plastic bag alternative to save Nara’s sacred deer



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A neighborhood entrepreneur within the Japanese vacationer vacation spot of Nara has developed a substitute for plastic buying baggage, to guard the city’s sacred deer.

Hidetoshi Matsukawa, who works for Nara-ism, a memento wholesale agent, instructed CNN he heard final 12 months that the deer, which roam town’s park, have been dying after ingesting plastic baggage.

“I needed to do one thing to guard the deer, which is the image of Nara,” he stated.

The bags are made from rice bran and milk cartons.

Town is residence to round 1,000 sacred deer, that are formally designated as a nationwide pure treasure in Japan, and lots of vacationers feed them treats.

In July 2019, nonetheless, a neighborhood welfare group stated 9 deer had been discovered lifeless, with plastic baggage of their stomachs, and known as on guests to not throw away plastic baggage within the park.

Matsukawa needed to provide you with a distinct answer to the issue, and teamed up with a neighborhood paper producer and a design agency to work on the venture.

These plastic bags were pulled from the stomach of a dead deer.

Between them they developed “Shikagami,” or deer paper, which is made out of rice bran and milk cartons.

“We discovered rice bran are principally wasted within the technique of rice sprucing,” stated Matsukawa. “So this paper helps to cut back that waste as effectively.”

Matsukawa has had the baggage examined and says they’re secure for human consumption.

“We should not have the information to again up that this paper will not be dangerous to deers, however I consider that is secure for them in addition to for human beings,” he stated, laughing.

The baggage have since been examined at native banks and the Todaiji temple, Nara’s fundamental vacationer attraction. The temple and banks purchased 4,000-5,000 of the baggage for 100 yen (round 95 cents) every as a part of the pilot venture.

The value will fall if extra companies enroll to make use of the baggage, stated Matsukawa, who goals of changing plastic baggage throughout town to forestall extra deer from dying after consuming them.

“The information concerning the demise of deer by plastic baggage creates a unfavorable picture, as if the park is a cemetery for deer,” he stated. “The paper baggage can shield deer, in addition to the model picture of Nara with deer.”

Simply 45 minutes from Kyoto by practice, Nara is a well-liked vacation spot for guests to Japan.