Bija is the first seed paper project in Bangladesh that connects small, organic, biodiverse seed farms in Bangladesh to global consumers seeking innovative, circular strategies to support their extensive paper usage. Bija’s model is based on circular design to support a circular economy to generate positive capital for the world. Bija will produce high volume, regenerative paper products that primarily target the enormously wasteful disposable food industry. The company plans of developing multiple use, disposable products that are made of paper that have organic, biodiverse seeds from Bangladesh embedded in it to be used for reforestation in diverse communities around the world.
The product range will compose of:
1/ Multi-use disposable paper products: coffee cups, tea cups, plates, to-go-boxes, bowls, etc.
2/ Lifestyle products: greeting cards, multicultural holiday decorations, party favors, etc.
Two environmentally driven community organizations, The BGreen Project and Green Deshis is collaborating together to make Bija a reality. Based on both organization’s commitment to 1/environment, 2/sustainability and 3/innovation, the two organizations have partnered up by launching this original project that creates ecological and cultural awareness for Bangladeshi organic farmers who are threatened by genetically modified seed farms and monocrop culture and provides the world market with the only seed paper product from Bangladesh’s unique seeds. Bija’s goal is to also provide indoor and outdoor reforestation consultation and implementation services to its consumers as part of its circular model, which does not leave reforestation up to consumers who may not have the skills, time or expertise to be able to grow gardens out of our product use. Also, this is the first project that is commissioning up-and-coming Bangladeshi artists in designing the state-of-the-art product line.
Finally, Bija, meaning seeds in Sanskrit, brings the circular design model full circle, by giving a new lease of life to marginalized Bangladeshi organic farmers by connecting them to global, eco-conscious consumers by way of a positive capitalistic model that transforms food packaging waste into a regenerative process with infinite possibilities.