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Mitsui Supports Startup to Reduce Ocean Plastic

Mitsui Chemicals today announced that it has selected three innovative Asian startups to receive support under the Asia–Pacific Low-Carbon Lifestyles Challenge (APLCLC), a program run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP; Nairobi, Kenya; Executive Director: Inger Andersen).

With the APLCLC serving to support environmental startups, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will grant $10,000 to the three selected companies and work with UNEP to offer them technical guidance and managerial support.

This program solicits submissions from a wide range of Asian startups and selects around 10 companies per year across the three categories of low-carbon energy, plastic waste prevention and low-carbon mobility.

More than 100 companies entered the challenge this year. In partnership with a number of companies and organizations, which include Mitsui Chemicals, the program provides such support as grants, technical guidance and advice on corporate management.

Compostable Plastics

Overview of the Three Selected Startups

AYA Cup (Vietnam) : http://ayacup.com/en_gb/

Provides a system that promotes the use of reusable cups at universities and event venues.

REMAKEHUB (China) : http://www.remakehub.co/

Biobased Plastics

Recovers discarded fishing nets and recycles them into sunglasses frames and other products.

The Green Road (Bhutan)

Offers a low-cost road paving solution that uses plastic waste as an alternative to asphalt.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Chemical Recycling

This year’s winners

Having established a Corporate Sustainability Division in April 2018, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is actively incorporating elements of sustainability into its management and business strategy, pursuing a transformation of its business model to realize a cohesive society that is in harmony with the environment and health and happiness in an aging society.

As a chemical company whose mainstay products and services involve plastics, Mitsui Chemicals regards the twin problems of climate change and plastic waste as key social issues that must be tackled seriously by means of an integrated response and intends to contribute to creating a circular economy.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Recycling

Mitsui Chemicals and UNEP Support Asian Startups Helping to Reduce Plastic Waste

Coke Goes All Plant Bottles that Degrades in 1 Year

Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers.

A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels.

The plans, devised by renewable chemicals company Avantium, have already won the support of beer-maker Carlsberg, which hopes to sell its pilsner in a cardboard bottle lined with an inner layer of plant plastic.

Avantium’s chief executive, Tom van Aken, says he hopes to greenlight a major investment in the world-leading bioplastics plant in the Netherlands by the end of the year.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Recycling

The project, which remains on track despite the coronavirus lockdown, is set to reveal partnerships with other food and drink companies later in the summer.

The project has the backing of Coca-Cola and Danone, which hope to secure the future of their bottled products by tackling the environmental damage caused by plastic pollution and a reliance on fossil fuels.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Chemical Recycling

Globally around 300 million tonnes of plastic is made from fossil fuels every year, which is a major contributor to the climate crisis.

Most of this is not recycled and contributes to the scourge of microplastics in the world’s oceans.

Microplastics can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.

“This plastic has very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels, and can be recycled – but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do,” says Van Aken.

Avantium’s plant plastic is designed to be resilient enough to contain carbonate drinks.

Trials have shown that the plant plastic would decompose in one year using a composter, and a few years longer if left in normal outdoor conditions.

But ideally, it should be recycled, said Van Aken.

The bio-refinery plans to break down sustainable plant sugars into simple chemical structures that can then be rearranged to form a new plant-based plastic – which could appear on supermarket shelves by 2023.

The path-finder project will initially make a modest 5,000 tonnes of plastic every year using sugars from corn, wheat or beets.

However, Avantium expects its production to grow as demand for renewable plastics climbs.

In time, Avantium plans to use plant sugars from sustainable sourced biowaste so that the rise of plant plastic does not affect the global food supply chain.


The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

Padi Goes Ocean Plastics BY AXEL BARRETT

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) has teamed up with eco-friendly activewear company Rash’R to create a line of stylish face masks made using recycled plastic bottles from the ocean.

The face masks are produced by Ocean Balance, a company that specializes in turning recovered ocean plastics and post-consumer plastic bottles into wearable fabric.

The eco-friendly face masks are dual-layered with recycled polyester.

They are reusable and include a filter pocket.

The outer fabric is made with 100% recycled ocean waste polyester while the lining fabric is made of 92% recycled ocean waste polyester and 8% elastane.

Each mask purchase includes five PM 2.5 carbon filters, but more can be ordered on the website.

The face covering can be washed in the washing machine between uses.

Masks are being sold at cost, meaning the company is not making any profit from the sales. “The price you pay is our actual cost,” PADI said. “Our driving incentive and hope: that the PADI community will take precautions for their personal wellbeing, the wellbeing of the communities they call home and the ocean they dive.”

Purchasing the face masks makes an impact on the serious issue of plastic pollution in our ocean while increasing the availability for the important medical-grade, surgical and N95 masks needed by first responders during the pandemic.

The masks come in six different ocean life-inspired patterns for adults and one children’s size best suited for ages 4-10.

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According to the world-leading dive training organization, over 1,267 pounds of ocean plastic have been removed and reused based on the number of face masks customers have ordered so far.

The masks have been selling out almost as quickly as the company is making them.

Those interested in purchasing a mask can sign up for restock notification emails if the mask they want is out of stock.


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PADI is making face masks from recycled ocean plastic

Bubble Tea Goes for Mitsubishi BioPBS

Coffee and tea are common beverage products for people nowadays.

However, a new tea-based drink called bubble tea has become a phenomenon from its popularity in recent years across the globe, especially in Southeast Asia.

In a recent published article from one of the food delivery service of the Southeast Asian ride-hailing company, highlighted Southeast Asia’s growing obsession with the drink.

Bubble tea orders on their online platform has seen a constant and dramatic increase with a regional average growth rate of 3,000% in the year of 2018!

With this increasing consumer demand, they have around 4,000 bubble tea outlets in their networks of over 1,500 brands – a 200% growth in bubble tea outlets in Southeast Asia.

Their data also shows that Southeast Asians drink an average of four cups of bubble tea per person per month.

Thai consumers leads the pack by consuming about six cups of bubble tea per person per month following closely by Philippines at average of 5 cups per person per month.

From this high consumption of tasty bubble tea cup leads to the tremendous amount used of packaging item – one of the most significant piece that comes together is ‘straw’. If you look closely, the bubble tea straw will always have a bigger size than those of regular straw.

This is due to its role in taking the sip of tea together with the bubble for the most pleasurable moment of this famous drink. The special size straw normally made with plastic similar to general size one in the market.

However, Soilable® has made it possible with the very first paper straw coated with BioPBS™ aimed in helping plastic waste reduction and go sustainably.

Soilable® paper straw coated with BioPBS™ promotes compostability & recyclability function as its end-of-life option.

BioPBS™ with the grade that works as a coating material is partially made from renewable resources and certified industrial compostable by TUV and BPI according to EN13432 standard.

Also the straw itself can be recycled and re-pulped to get the paper pulp back.

Unlike any other common paper straw, with the great partnership and state-of-art technology by Soilable® has brought together for the first-ever paper straw coated with BioPBS™ having perfect sturdiness, no soggy (mushy) lips touch, prolonging usage durability.

It also use 20-30% less paper than common paper straws of similar size (7mm) and made from bamboo pulp paper – which is a sustainable alternative to wood pulp paper as bamboo has shorter growth cycle, require less water during cultivation and prevent deforestation from cutting down non-commercial trees.

Soilable® paper straw with the product tag ‘bio Compostable’ comes with three standard sizes; Standard Straw (7mm), Bubble-Tea Straw (10mm) and Stirrer Straw (2mm).


Bubble Tea on the Rise! Now Served Sustainably with the First-Ever BioPBS™ Coated Paper Straw

Sustainable Packaging in Cosmetics Industry

Product packaging sends an instant subconscious message to consumers about the values of the cosmetics brand. Thus it’s design has to align with the company mission and brand identity.

With a wild variety of choice when it comes to product containment, each brand works excessively on their packaging designs to ensure proper customer targeting.

But beyond the factors of material, size, texture, color, shape, etc, the conventional cosmetic industry has a bad reputation of using unsustainable practices and compounds in their packaging.

Fortunately, the modern-day consumer is environmentally aware and prone to make purchase decisions based on more than just their basic beauty needs.

Thus, the introduction of eco-friendly packaging into a cosmetics brand’s production strategy encourages brand awareness and is a crucial step to a sustainable future.

Excessively looking for a solution to the plastic pollution and waste management problems, manufacturers and cosmetic users are slowly changing the industry’s bad habits together.

The Sustainability Trends in the Cosmetics Industry

Why choose sustainable packaging? Packaging is the key to a customer’s heart because it is the first thing a consumer sees when they look at a certain product.

Its design represents the core values of the label and should not be neglected, especially if a company wants to position itself on the market as a “green” brand.

More Statements from More Brands

The personal care industry is evolving and slowly embracing the benefits of biocosmetics and eco containers.

But even though the right decisions in product design and packaging preserve and enhance brand image, many of the beauty conglomerates still depend on unsustainable compounds.

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Plastic remains a dominant material in the world of cosmetics, despite the rapidly increased interest in sustainability in recent years.

Backed up by the fact that plastic is cheaper and liquid product storage is challenging, conventional beauty brands justify their in-house decisions on the matter.

Thanks to innovative technologies and recognition of ecological materials, sustainable pack solutions are starting to catch up on their plastic predecessor!

Every day, more and more world-recognized brands release statements about their strategic plan to embrace eco-friendly practices and contribute to the well-being of the environment.

People Become More Conscious

A raise in the public consciousness on the topic of environmental awareness is just the wake-up call all cosmetic companies needed.

Consumers are more prone to follow, analyze and scrutinize brand promises about sustainability and make purchasing decisions based on their authenticity.

The accessibility of social media and the availability to leave business reviews in search engines and websites gives consumers a strong voice and great influence.

Catching up with expectations is not an easy task, as it requires cosmetic brands to set realistic and clear-cut goals towards the integration of eco-friendly practices.

Any failure to achieve sustainability objectives might turn into a hugely controversial case, and lead to consequences concerning and affecting the brand image.

Sustainable Cosmetics with Sustainable Packaging

Along with the advancement in the production of eco-friendly cosmetics, consumers anticipate receiving sustainable packaging that would match their expectations of product substance, its type, and its properties.

Eco-friendly bags and containers offer a long-term benefit for the well-being of the Earth as they are recyclable, reusable and/or biodegradable.

Introducing a bio beauty product of the highest quality into a plastic container is illogical and unreasonable, as it ruins the basic concept of sustainable cosmetics.

And honestly, it makes a brand look completely unreliable and deceptive.

Investment in natural compounds, bio practices and lack of animal testing, would not be completely justified in case the manufacturer is ready to produce tons of plastic containers that are non-recyclable and will pollute nature for hundreds of years.

If sustainable cosmetics does not come with sustainable packaging, is it really sustainable?

How to Make Packaging More Sustainable

Eco-friendly packaging is the future of the cosmetics industry, according to Forbes.

In order to fully embrace and explore the advantages of sustainable containers, bottles, bags, and boxes, keep on reading.

Design for Refill and Reuse

Environmental problems start with human carelessness.

That is why cosmetic brands that fail to identify and address the plastic pollution issue are at risk of losing their loyal customer base and wreck their image.

The nature damage caused by unsustainable practices in the industry is out of scope, so consumers are on a desperate lookout for plastic packaging alternatives.

At its core, re-usage is a process that is harder to comprehend and envision compared to recycling.

It is also more difficult to actually apply in everyday lives because the mass of people have a certain established way of handling empty bottles, boxes, and containers – throwing away or recycling them.

But can we change our habits? What are the factors that could help us “Refill and Reuse”?

In order to integrate this concept into their lifestyle, consumers have to find the right cosmetic item that has an implemented working system in product collection, sterilization, refill and return.

Refillable goods solve waste issues, decrease production costs and encourage lower purchase pricing.

Such a business model is commonly applied to liquid beauty products like shower gel and shampoo.

Replace Plastic with Sustainable Materials

Another ongoing tendency in sustainable packaging encourages the usage of plastic-alternatives.

The most common solutions include glass jars, wooden containers, cork labels and caps, paper wrappings and bags, cardboard boxes.

There are also bioplastics, recycled packaging, compostable shrink wrap, as well as innovative biodegradable materials (made out of cornstarch, seaweed, bamboo, whole-wheat, banana peels, mushrooms, etc).

It is good to know that there are so many alternatives to fossil-fuel-based plastics, however, most of those solutions are still not widely available.

Thus it is up to each brand to do their research, make their own impact and find potential partners, like Offset Group, that could innovate their packaging into being eco-friendly.

Reduce Packaging

Along with the concepts Reuse, Refill and Recycle, comes another important step towards sustainable branding. Being eco-friendly equals being able to make decisions with a positive impact on nature.

There is barely anything that promotes sustainability as much as reducing future waste through reducing present packaging.

Eco-oriented companies work on their own strategies on reducing the amount of packaging on their cosmetic products.

That includes removing any excessive pack features that are not essential to containment of beauty items.

And sometimes means embracing the other two main eco strategies (Reuse and Recycle), and losing the whole package.


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Eco-Friendly Packaging for Cosmetics: A Step to a Sustainable Future


Wood-based Biodegradable Alternative to Plastic Netting

Jac. Vandenberg, a leading U.S. fresh produce importer, is transitioning from plastic nets used to pack their citrus fruits in favor of a compostable alternative made from beech tree pulp.

When trees in FSC® and PEFC-certified sustainable beechwood forests grow to a certain height, some are thinned out to give the remaining trees space and light to grow.

The wood is then chipped and broken down further into pulp, spun into a string-like material, then knitted together into a net tube, ready for use.

These fibers from which the netting is formed are certified as compostable and biodegradable within weeks under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions.

Jac. Vandenberg continues to be at the forefront of innovation in environmentally friendly packaging solutions.

Just last summer, they introduced their plastic-free boxes for their SUNRAYS® mandarins which became the first food and beverage product in the United States to be certified under the Plastic Free Trust Mark.

“We are always looking at the packaging we currently use to try and change it so we can get the most environmental sustainable packaging that we can” says John Paap, Brand Manager at Jac. Vandenberg.

“While we’d love to eliminate packaging altogether, it does play a significant role in ensuring product quality as the product is distributed through the supply chain. Our job is to make sure that packaging is as environmentally friendly as possible.”

The new tree-based netting, which has earned the USDA BioPreferred designation, bears significantly positive environmental impact.

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According to the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI), the fiber production for these nets results in 60% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil-based PE granulate production for standard plastic nets.

Other environmental benefits include the complete avoidance of microplastics.

“Our new bags will have only 1% of the plastic compared to the traditional plastic-mesh netting bag with film wrap around.

There is a plastic coating on the tag affixed to the netting.

However, we are actively exploring an organic, plastic-free solution to the tag which we hope to have available before next summer” shares Paap.

“In addition to the positive environmental impact, with the breathable and moisture-regulating properties of the material, produce keeps fresh for 2-3 days longer.”

Starting June 2020, Jac. Vandenberg will be the first and exclusive company in United States packing their SUNRAYS® brand mandarins and BAGU brand oranges and mandarins in this tree-based biodegradable netting.


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Jac. Vandenberg to Offer Biodegradable Alternative to Plastic Netting