MRC -- In a significant stride towards sustainable business practices, three major companies, namely Kao, SCGC, and Dow, officially sealed their commitment through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Dow Thailand's headquarters in True Digital Park West, said Chemanalyst.
The ceremony, attended by key figures including Kao Thailand President Yuji Shimizu, SCGC Executive Director Pisan Uawithya, and Dow Thailand President Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, marked the commencement of a strategic partnership aimed at advancing sustainable packaging solutions.
Kao, a prominent Japanese consumer products manufacturer renowned for brands such as Attack, Biore, Haiter, Laurier, and Magiclean, is poised to integrate innovative, sustainable packaging across an extensive array of products within its Thai portfolio in the near future. The collaboration is driven by a shared commitment to the principles of the 4R framework: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Replace, in alignment with Kao's broader ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) strategy termed the 'Kirei Lifestyle Plan.'
Expressing enthusiasm about this collaborative venture, Kao Thailand President Yuji Shimizu emphasized the company's dedication to achieving Zero Carbon Emission by 2040. In line with this goal, Kao is intensifying efforts in energy conservation within its production facilities and implementing sustainable design and development practices throughout the entire product lifecycle to mitigate carbon emissions. Furthermore, Kao has set a target of achieving net zero waste plastic packaging by 2040. Shimizu underscored the importance of partnering with expert and like-minded entities such as Dow and SCGC to fulfill these ambitious goals and create eco-friendly packaging solutions that genuinely benefit consumers.
SCGC, with a steadfast focus on sustainability through the lens of a circular economy, brings its commitment to green solutions to the collaboration. Pisan Uawithya, SCGC Executive Director, highlighted the company's dedication to developing diverse green alternatives tailored to the sustainability concerns of brand owners and consumers. Specifically, in collaboration with Kao, SCGC aims to leverage its expertise in designing and developing bottles and packaging bags using innovative green plastics from SCGC GREEN POLYMER™. Uawithya emphasized the goal of creating sustainable packaging for Kao's products, promoting resource efficiency, and aligning with the circular economy principle within Thailand.
We remind, a proposed regulation currently under consideration by the Ministry of Justice aims to legalize the utilization of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET), specifically reusing plastic bottles, for food packaging purposes. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a versatile plastic derived from petroleum, is commonly used for packaging both food and non-food items. The bill, initiated by officials at the Environmental Protection Authority but subsequently drafted by experts from the Ministry of Industry and the Food and Beverage Industry Research and Development Center a year ago, is currently in the review stage with stakeholders.