soba award winner continues green efforts - food packaging film
The plastic packaging company Logomas packaging Sdn Bhd, which has been operating since 1995, aims to become the forefront of plastic packaging innovation.
Therefore, it is not surprising that it won the 2017 Outstanding Business Award (SOBA)
Gold Award for Best Green Initiative category for its largest and latest milestone, eco box.
Angela Foo, general manager of Logomas packaging, said that Logomas EcoBox is a biodegradable polystyrene foam disposable food box and is also known as the first in Malaysia.
Since 2008, the team has been working on and developing the right formula to create this ecosystem
Friendly box to give users peace of mind.
"As early as we knew we were going to be eco-friendly in the future, we started this research --
Friendly products. The SWM drop-
The Paron fight Center is in Wuji and samilan.
This is the place to collect and separate polystyrene products from domestic waste, and then send them to recycling.
"We know that we have to make changes in order to remain relevant and sustainable in the business," she said . ".
The company began mass production of EcoBox in 2014.
Compared to a non-degraded traditional type of polystyrene foam box, EcoBox is light-degraded and will gradually break down as it is exposed to the sun.
Foo explained that it would take two to three years for polystyrene to be broken down by sunlight;
The decomposed fragments will eventually be consumed as food by microorganisms in the soil, thus releasing water, carbon dioxide and biomass.
"But this is not the end of our R & D because we are constantly improving.
"We are currently working on a biodegradable polystyrene lunch box that is not ready yet.
"Biodegradable is a waste management and recycling system for nature.
In a compost environment, biodegradable products will be decomposed by microorganisms.
"This is possible because plastic is essentially carbon
The eco box brought by the efforts of the Logomas team over the past decade will certainly be rewarded with the SOBA 2017 award.
Biodegradable polystyrene foam food packaging has gained some trustworthy and good Certificationknown eco-
Labels from Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.
The certifications received include Sirim Eco-
Malaysia's official green label program MyHIJAU Sirim, Singapore's green label and global green label from Australia.
One of the biggest obstacles for companies is to change consumers' perception of the ecological environment.
"Eco-products are often more expensive and therefore not always readily accepted by the market.
"We work very hard to ensure our ecological environment.
Friendly products will not burden our customers.
"In fact, the cost of our products is the same as the traditional white --
"Color polystyrene foam packaging," notes Foo . ".
Logomas employees strive to improve polystyrene packaging to ensure more eco-friendly products
Friendly products on the market.
Although EcoBox is a solution to local authorities's recent initiatives to encourage the use of ecosystems
The package is friendly and not an easy way for Logomas.
The team strives to communicate the benefits of polystyrene to the various authorities and faces many other obstacles along the way.
Especially the iconic clams-
We used to give ta pau (pack)
Our food has been a subject of debate for the past few years.
Logomas has spent a lot of time fighting this cause to reassure the public that polystyrene containers do not cause human health problems and are not the real culprit in causing garbage.
"Polystyrene was misunderstood.
Because it is light and floating, this is the first thing you see floating in the river, while the rest of the rubbish is below because the items are heavier.
"But it's not as simple as banning polystyrene just to solve pollution.
If you replace it with paper or any other material, you will still see the garbage in the sewers and rivers, as the garbage bugs continue to treat our environment as their trash cans. Foo (centre)
Her team showed off EcoBox. —
Sam tham/The Star "is not so much a problem with The product as it is a problem with people's mentality and attitude.
"Why do you have to throw things out of the window when you can use the right trash can?
Foo points out.
She stressed that the change of ideas should start with the education of schools.
Foo also wants to convey the message that, contrary to the popular view, polystyrene foam products are actually 100% recyclable and do not have to go to landfill sites.
"We 've been trying to get this message across, but there are some limitations, such as the low budget for advertising and promotions.
"Rambling talk Logomas is working with SWM environmentment Sdn Bhd (SWM)
In the pilot project of Negri Sembilan Bukit Palong, polystyrene products were collected from household waste.
SWM is an integrated waste management and public cleaning service provider in the southern part of the Malaysian Peninsula, providing services including waste collection and transfer.
"Before SWM collects items and brings them back to the collection center, the household will separate recyclable items, including polystyrene.
"Then we collect the foam from them and bring it back to the third --
In Basheng, who is the long-term party recycling
Our time business assistant does post-recovery
Consumption of polystyrene.
Polystyrene will then be recycled into engineered wood and converted into products such as outdoor park benches, plastic rulers, building materials, synthetic wood furniture, photo frames and surfboards.
These products are sometimes donated to various non-
However, to do this, sufficient polystyrene needs to be collected before the entire product is manufactured.
An employee of SWM distributed leaflets informing residents about the recycling of polystyrene waste.
The Logomas pilot project has been in progress for six months and so far about 600 kg of polystyrene has been collected.
"But in terms of manufacturing, 600 kg barely started production lines.
"Now, we are accumulating as much as we can to reach a certain amount-about 20 tons --
Before we put it into production, "explained Foo. As it is post-
Consumer polystyrene, she assured us that foam will not be recycled into food packaging products due to hygiene purposes.
In addition to this, according to the life cycle assessment, polystyrene foam actually has one of the lowest carbon footprints compared to other plastic products (LCA).
LCA is an analysis of the life cycle of the product from cradle to grave and its impact on the environment, such as the energy of the production, transportation and final disposal of the product.
"Polystyrene is an energy source.
"It uses the least amount of energy to produce, because it contains more than 90% of the air, and there is virtually no plastic.
"Because it's light weight, the truck doesn't need much fuel to transport it," Foo said . ".
Since polystyrene can be recycled, its life cycle is no longer from cradle to grave, but from cradle to cradle, where it is re-used for other things to minimize the disposable part.
Foo emphasizes that polystyrene can be part of the circular economy, and Logomas is committed to ensuring that.
"The life cycle evaluation rate of the paper is much higher.
You have to see where the paper came from.
"You need to cut down trees to get paper, and you also need to consider the carbon footprint of the paper production process, because carbon emissions are one of the factors that lead to climate change.
"Did you know that most of the paper products used to pack food, such as brown paper used to pack Nasi Lemak and some cartons used to take food away, are non-recyclable?
"This is because it has a thin layer of plastic (
Laminate on top to prevent penetration of oil or gravy.
"There is only one (if not two) recycler in the world who can separate the plastic from the paper and then recycle the latter, but they are not in Asia.
"As a result, the paper was shipped to the landfill," she added . ".
Another effort by Foo is to connect with the ministry of energy, science, technology, environment and climate change.
They are currently setting up an audience with the ministry to explain the full content of the degraded eco-box.
Aside from disagreements, Logomas is one of eight manufacturers of Styrofoam in Malaysia with a market share of 20%.
The team at Logomas will continue to work to raise awareness among the public and the authorities and educate them that polystyrene can now be degraded with the eco-box.
"We are the first people to come up with this ecosystem.
Friendly polystyrene lunch box, we are also working with other manufacturers to change this situation.
"Although we are all competitors, it is healthy competition.
We want to share technology with them.
"They are now slowly entering the testing phase, and maybe in a year or two, all the polystyrene boxes will be eco-friendly.
Friendly, "concluded Foo.
Logomas focuses not only on food packaging in the offices and manufacturing plants of Shah Alam, but also on industrial type packaging in the electronics industry (based in China).