This Thai company makes food packaging out of bamboo to cut down on trash

This zero-waste packaging is made from bamboo

To deal with Thailand’s mounting trash downside, one company is popping to the nation’s flowers.

Common Biopack makes packaging that it sells to eating places and producers. However moderately than plastic, it makes use of a combination of bamboo and cassava, crops which are broadly discovered throughout the nation.

After rising quickly in current many years, Thailand has turn into one of Asia’s greatest economies. However like many different nations within the area, it has been sluggish to attempt to fight the hundreds of thousands of tons of trash produced annually.

“Waste administration is an enormous downside all over the place,” mentioned Common Biopack’s managing director, Vara-Anong Vichakyothin.

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The company is utilizing a expertise devised at a Bangkok college to make its zero-waste packaging. It hopes it should finally exchange many of the Styrofoam containers and plastic luggage that find yourself in big rubbish dumps throughout Thailand and different Southeast Asian nations.

Its eco-friendly method took 5 years to develop and is so adaptable it may find yourself getting used to bundle issues like furnishings and even telephones. The bamboo it makes use of comes from leftover scraps from the chopstick manufacturing course of.

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Within the cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the place takeout drink containers and noodle packets line the sidewalks, the company provides eating places, natural farmers and different companies within the food and drink trade.

However discovering new purchasers could be difficult.

Takeout food distributors in Thailand need to hold prices down in a aggressive enterprise with skinny margins. Asking them to spend extra on packaging for environmental causes is a tricky promote.

“The native financial system nonetheless doesn’t help [this technology]” mentioned Common Biopack’s founder, Suthep Vichakyothin.

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However that hasn’t stopping different corporations from coming into the sustainable packaging market in Thailand. Like Common Biopack, they’re betting on rising environmental consciousness finally main to a rise in demand.

To turn into extra aggressive, Suthep’s company is investing. It is aiming to ramp up manufacturing by constructing {a partially} automated meeting line at its manufacturing facility close to Bangkok and doubling its staffing from 50 folks to 100.

The purpose is to improve month-to-month capability from 300,000 items to a million.

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Lots of the demand comes from abroad. One of its clients makes use of the pure packaging for coconut water it exports.

Common Biopack says it is also getting curiosity in its merchandise from different nations, significantly in Scandinavia.

CNNMoney (Hong Kong) First revealed February 12, 2017: 9:08 PM ET

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