Tips and Methods to Reduce Plastic Pollution

plastic bottles
plastic bottles

Plastic pollution isn’t new yet it has not stopped endangering wildlife and threatening the ecosystem.

According to UN Environment, around 8 million tons of plastics are deposited in the ocean each year, and this number is expected to reach 90 million tons by 2030. Plastic bags, one of the most common forms of finished plastics, are used for an average of 25 minutes yet it takes between 100 to 500 years to disintegrate.

What’s more, plastic wrap production accounts for 8% of the total oil produced in the world. A major concern is that by 2040, the plastic industry will be valued at a whopping $1.4 trillion, doubling its current value.

So how can we reduce plastic pollution? In this post, we highlight major tips and methods to fight the plastic crisis, including Thong Guan Industries Berhad’s LIVE GREEN Goals in helping save mother earth.

 

1. Replacing Disposable Plastics

From plastic wraps to straws, disposable cutlery, coffee cups, grocery bags and stretch films, over 90% of daily plastic items is used only once before they are disposed of. One can only imagine how many million plastics have ended up in the ocean.

Replacing disposable plastics is one way to minimize such excessive wastages. For instance, everyone should learn to replace disposable plastic items with reusable silverware, shopping bags, travel mugs, etc. before getting more accustomed to this habit.

 

2. Recycling Plastics

So far, around 14% of plastic packaging is recycled all through the world. Instead of disposing of plastic products, reusing or recycling them into useful products should be encouraged.

While some daily plastic items can be easily reused or recycled, certain plastics cannot be recycled at all. The following plastic types can be reused or recycled. You can easily identify a specific kind of plastic by simply checking the number on the bottom of the container.

Look for PET (used for liquid cleaner bottles and most beverages), PP (used for yoghurt, ketchup bottles, plastic cutlery, etc.), HDPE (used for milk, juice, etc.). These plastic types are recyclable and are accepted by most curbside recycling companies.

 

3. Awareness and Sensitization

lack of awareness and sensitization is also the reason for the plastic crisis. Consumers may not be fully aware of the health and safety hazards involved in plastic use and disposal.

Product standards, labelling requirements, and certifications can be designed to sensitize the public and enable more people to understand the negative impacts of single-use plastics.

Legislation on single-use plastic products can enable the higher use of reusable plastics.

 

4. Buy in Bulk

In addition to replacing disposable wrapping plastics with a reusable alternative, buying items in large quantities can help reduce plastic packaging.

This is amongst the easiest yet most impactful options for reducing plastic pollution. For instance, instead of buying toiletries from one store and hopping into another for the next purchase, consumers can consider buying in bulk.

This can drastically reduce the product-to-packaging ratio of items people tend to buy often.

 

Thong Guan’s Transformative Goals: LIVE GREEN

Going green isn’t simply a ‘trend’ at Thong Guan. It’s a way of life and a path to a more sustainable future. That is why we actively provide efficient solutions for businesses by offering a variety of eco-friendly packaging options.

Thong Guan has been committed to environmental conservation via its fundamental concept of RE:DUCERE:USE, and RE:CYCLE. Our green products are created to reduce waste and promote the conservation of natural resources.

We do business in such a way that it creates value for society and the environment. As a result, we continue to push for flexible packaging that can be readily recycled and reused.

Thong Guan is constantly collaborating with its partners to develop new, innovative concepts that support environmental efforts for its clients in the food & beverage, industrial & packaging, transportation & logistics, waste & energy, retail & eCommerce, hygiene & medical, and consumer packaging industries.

Klarity Food Wrap: Food Never Looked So Good

Food Wrap Klarity Thong Guan
Food Wrap Klarity Thong Guan

Do you know that food wrap has an important role in a buyers decision-making process? 

Shoppers will find any reasons to buy an item if they are attracted to it. 

Yes, there are many, but visual appearances are undeniably one of them. 

Research shows that 93% of consumers are impressed by the visual appearance of a product they intend to buy. (Think back of your latest Tesco, Coles, Fresh Choice, or Walmart purchasing experience). 

Visuals play an essential product-intrinsic sensory cue when setting people’s expectations regarding the likely taste and flavour of food and drink. 

After all, it is only human nature to inspect something before we put a value on it. 

Well, you know what they say about first impressions, right?

However, there is more to just visual appearances when it comes to plastic food packaging.

Food wrap plays an important part in keeping food fresh, safe and odourless before reaching the consumers’ homes. 

Foods that are fresh, safe and look appealing get bought off the shell faster.

Therefore, beyond colours and textures, the quality of the plastic food wrap plays an important role in marketing your products on the shelf too.

Well, we certainly will think twice about buying meat or fresh produce that are filled with water vapours in the packaging. Our imagination has already ruined its taste even before we have the chance to savour it. 

The higher the visibility of the food packaging, the more appealing the product becomes.  

 

But the Common Problem With Plastic Wrap Packing is Choice

However, packers and hypermarkets often face a common issue when it comes to wrapping food. 

Do you choose between high clarity plastic food wraps or tinted film?  

Since colours play an important role in internal sorting and consumer buying, having tinted film does help to boost the value and perception of the item. 

However, tinted films do not mean high transparency. 

High transparent films are not too appealing as they lack colour – affecting the aesthetics of the food item because of its rawness or shelf-life conditions. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if there is a way to combine both features? 

 

The Power Of Klarity: An Amazing Food Wrap That Makes Your Food Look So Good! 

With a combination of colour tinted films and high transparency, we have created a way to get the best of both worlds. 

Thong Guan has created an innovative plastic food wrap that aesthetically appeals to curious onlookers and is highly visible! Since it’s so transparent, it is excellent for your branding too! 

Unlike conventional blown films, Klarity is made through cast technology and has over 90% transparency—it’s so clear your food never looked this good. 

It comes in two coloured tints:

  • Green for fruits & vegetables produces 
  • Blue for meat & poultry products

Even production work will be easier too! 

With the high-gloss, blue and green-tinted food wraps, your team’s productivity will increase in discerning the wrap for the correct application. 

Klarity is made from PVC and the many benefits of it. 

Don’t worry about freshness. 

A Life Cycle Assessment carried out by LCE has shown how PVC cling films help reduce food waste and reduce plastics environmental effects. Besides its functional, technical, and ecological performance, PVC helps to extend food’s useful life. It helps minimise food waste and losses at retail and consumer levels. 

It comes with a good grip for your wrapping that will keep your food fresh and safe longer.

Here are reasons why Klarity is your choice plastic food wrap:

  • High gloss & clarity (>90% transparency) – designed through cast technology
  • Aesthetically pleasing & excellent for branding
  • Keeps your food safe & fresh – especially meats and greens
  • High permeability – Keeps foods fresh and 
  • No unsightly condensation that causes bacteria and microorganism growths
  • Tinted for fast identification & application
  • Easy dispensing for productivity
  • Excellent cling for secure wrapping
  • Transparent – you can see your branding right through to its paper core
  • Reduces consumption and waste of materials – efficient use of natural resources
  • Food grade compliance – FDA & EU Standards

What Makes Klarity a Different Class of Plastic Wrap Packaging?

So what makes us unique? 

  1. High-Clarity: It’s visually appealing! Klarity is first in the market for tinted food films with high clarity for branding & quality sensitivity (so clear you can even see right to the paper core)
  2. Enhancements: Aesthetic is one thing, but we can tweak your film to go beyond looks. Ask us how we can customise it to make it better for you. 
  3. Better Mechanical Properties: Unlike traditional blown film, we use cast technology that brings out its superior properties. With this, we can give you improved cling too, which helps you keep your foods safe, secured, intact and ready to be consumed by your users.

 

A Food Wrap That Is Eco-Friendly And Sustainable

Since Klarity is a PVC based cling film, it is 100% recyclable too! 90% of PVC is being recycled both internally and externally. How cool is that? 

A new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study also confirms that PVC cling films can preserve food and contribute to avoiding food waste. 

With this, users are also in line with the guides and priorities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

You can play a part too to ensure plastic packaging can co-exist with a safe and green world- plus reach your sustainability goals too. 

 

Klarity: Food Never Looked So Good

With Klarity food wrap, you don’t have to choose between clarity or tint anymore. You can have the best of both worlds—and reach your sustainable goals too! 

Having high transparency and tinted food wrap films will benefit your customers and help speed up internal sortings at the same time. 

Need more clarity? It’s time to have a conversation at info@thongguan.com.