Are the sustainability efforts made today enough?
Sustainability seems like a buzz word these days. It is a cycle whereby processes and work can be done and redone again through a long term process without depleting finite resources. It means resources can be used—just like a loop— to prolong a product’s usability cycle into many series.
We know you have come to realize the importance of circularity, especially when more exposure is given on news of pollution devastation on our environment and health comes to light.
Sustainability is compared to the linear economy, where products have only one lifetime. They are created, used, and dumped—somewhere in the world, lost and forgotten.
However, in the case of plastics, it doesn’t rot and become one with nature again.
Plastics don’t break down quickly, and when it does — it becomes microplastics. These are non-living solid matters that stay in the earth or in the water that comes back to haunt us. We certainly don’t want it to pollute our soil nor have it in our body when we drink our next glass of water.
Unfortunately, this might be the case — and will increase in volume if something is not done about it.
Though plastic recyclability is not directly mentioned in the Sustainability Goals set by the UN in 2015, the effect of plastic pollution and its importance to promote recycling can be reflected in:
– SDG 3: Good health and well-being.
– SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation.
– SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities.
– SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production.
– SDG 13: Climate action.
– SDG 14: Life below water (protection of the seas and oceans).
– SDG 15: Life on land (restore ecosystems and preserve diversity).
But how does one go all out to combat this issue when you are not sure or alone?
Despite the issue of pollution, tertiary plastic packaging is still needed unless we stop buying things globally or trade internationally. Without packaging services, cost increases and prices will surely follow too. This is because, without professional packaging help, it is costly to secure our goods and ensure that they arrive at our destination in one piece.
Would the products still be usable or sellable to our customers without professional packaging?
Through a global setup of primary, and secondary, tertiary packaging providers, the cost of manufacturing and production will be brought down. Orders will be physically secured as well to be delivered as expected. Damages of goods and spillage would be the least of your worries so that you can focus on marketing and the running of your business.
Now that we know that plastic packaging is indeed essential, but what about the undesired effect of it— environmental pollution. What happens after all those plastics after it has been used?
Thong Guan has also started thinking about it. We are equally concerned about our environment and our children’s future too.
We know you share the same concerns as well. That is why you have set up sustainability goals for your company.
Let us share with you our efforts on some sustainability projects that we have embarked on.
How does plastic waste like used film go back to being reused again? Introducing Thong Guan’s Re:DO program. This is our initiative to close the loop by taking back unwanted waste and put them back into useful plastic products through their own recycling program. Instead of going to the forgotten world of trash, our Re:DO program prolongs its lifetime and value once again.
Here is a diagram of how Thong Guan Industries sustainability efforts work: