Pacific Hygiene is removing plastic from its products packaging with a target of being plastic-free by 2021.
Working with leading manufacturers of starch-based resins Pacific Hygiene is developing packaging solutions for its tissue products that will biodegrade and be compostable.
Gavin Kennedy, GM of operations at Pacific Hygiene, said the majority of plastic used in packaging wasn’t needed or had viable options for replacement.
“Starch resin technology is developing fast and although a lot of companies talk the talk not many are walking the walk.
“Someone must go first and our goal to remove five-tonne of plastic from landfill per year is a good start,” Kennedy said.
Inspired by filmmakers Paul Hellier and Jamie Lepre who staged their protest to support Plastic Free July, Kennedy says it’s not the lowest cost option but being a 100 per cent New Zealand-company it is the right choice for NZ and he challenges other NZ tissue companies to follow suit.
This first appeared in the November issue of INCLEAN magazine
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