ICBio-Ibanga Making the substitutes for plastic bags and packaging.


The impact we have so far made with regard to the environment and the society is beyond measure. Since we started, we have been able to give jobs to 10 people from vulnerable families and those with physical challenges manufacturing biodegradable packaging in the informal sector. This has promoted social inclusion and contributed to the government’s effort to reduce the high rate of unemployment at the same time. If we happen to cover all provinces of the country, we will have given jobs to more than 200 people. 

On the environmental side, we have hugely contributed to the fight against pollution affecting people and the environment. The country usually counted 7 billion polythene plastic bags that were used annually by 98% of the Burundian households. We have so far been able to replace the use of more than 200 million plastic bags with our 100% biodegradable packaging. Today, 8% of the country’s households have been able to get rid of pollution non-biodegradable bags and packaging as a result of our struggle.

Sustainable development goals

  1. 1.1
    By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
  1. 6.3
    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
  1. 8.1
    Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries
  2. 8.3
    Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
  3. 8.5
    By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  1. 13.2
    Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  2. 13.3
    Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  3. 13.a
    Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible
  1. 14.1
    By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution