Firm earns 'Flustix' badge for being plastic-free


An Indonesian F&B packaging manufacturer supplying to global markets recently received plastic-free certification from Flustix, an international plastic-free certification body based in Germany. The nod came following rigorous multitiered analytical testing. Foopak Bio Natura's paper products use certified natural wood sources without plastic polymer additions to combat the rising plastic pollution seen in the food and beverage industry.
"This certification helps us further reduce the environmental footprint of the F&B industry," said Christopher Wong, senior vice-president and global business unit head for Industrial Paper. Many consumers are unaware of the common practice of using plastic linings in food packaging, even in paper-based containers, which raises significant environmental and recycling concerns. He added that many recycling centres are not equipped with the technology to separate plastic from paper waste.
According to research from the UN, only an estimated 9% of plastic waste is recycled, and 79% end up at dumpsites and landfills globally, further worsening soil pollution. The study added that manufacturers and government bodies had noticed these alarming statistics well. They have been implementing policies and regulations to avoid a further snowball of plastic waste. (Image from Unsplash)

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