Biogusto: Rice Husk packaging

santiago, Chilesantiago, Chile
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$500,000 - $1 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Biogusto is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional packaging, using as raw material rice husk, rice industry waste. We offer a 100% natural, biodegradable and recyclable product.
20% of rice production is Husk and is discarded. This is our primary material.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we could change plastic packaging for an environment friendly alternative and in the process reduce waste. this will help us save our planet
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There is extensive use of plastic and its derivatives on the packaging industry. specially in the food sector. this takes 500 years to be degraded if so, or ends at the sea forming islands.... Its a hard management waste....

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our products are compostable, they can be broke and inserted on the soil to nourish the plants near them or just discard them and they will be degraded in 100 days. Biogusto can take many shapes so we can make many types of packaging, from dishes to the bed of your next cell phone or the tray used for medical porpoises at hospitals.


2nd place Jump Chile 2014, 2nd place Vuela alto chile 2014
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our product makes a difference in many ways... Creates employment where was none (our main material was considered waste). We help make earth a better place by reducing the amount of packaging that is not biodegradable. This also has a impact in the other industries that will requiere less raw material to produce (plastic, water, paper) because of the new alternative produced.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have developed a new productivity system that is no invasive, don't rely on plastic and its capable of making all kind pf packaging for different industries and productivity areas. The future impact will depend on the acceptance of the product... with high acceptance, we will save trees (no need of paper packaging), oceans (no plastic or aluminum waste) and same for the soil.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The Idea is to develop packs for different aspect of life. food, medicine, end consumers.... all this industries requiere some kind of package that today is served with plastic, metal or paper. ones are better tan others but all have impact on our planet. we can help to reduce the effect.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Reduction on production cost followed by increase in production volume. This makes the business sustainable.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are a few alternatives but they use bioplastic (requires spacial composting plant to be degraded) or sugarcane (expensive due to posible use as biofuel). Our approach uses a cheap material that is produced all over the world with no further use. The only other project that uses rice husk mixes husk and plastic so it's no environmental friendly.

Founding Story

Biogusto was the product of my industrial design title degree. I tried many forms and materials and realize that rice husk was very moldeable and existed everywhere. After some time I started to rise capital and talking with investors and then realized the potential of biogusto and the many fields where it can be used.


Valentina Montenegro, founder partner. working Full time on biogusto. Industrial design degree. in charge of production and product development. Alejandro Kahn, partner. working Full time on biogusto. Civil industrial engineer degree. 10 years of financial experience. in charge of business development. we also have a team of 3-4 workers depending on the demand
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got a mail from ashoka

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Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Responsible Consumption and Production.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Made furniture with wood discarded as garbage

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Currently we are in conversation with a plastic producer to reform their discardable dishes business and together become the next step in tableware

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