San Miguel to use biodegradable plastic in most of its packaging

More from author

SEC greenlights SMIC fixed-rate bond offer

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved SM Investments Corp.’s (SMIC) P30-billion shelf registration of fixed-rate...

Private sector’s journey amid pandemic marked by fortitude, innovations

AT the same time a small store’s window is flung open in Muntinlupa, a woman crosses a...

Jollibee opens flagship stores in US, UK

Jollibee Foods Corp. on Wednesday said it opened its first flagship stores in Liverpool in the United...

CONGLOMERATE San Miguel Corp. on Monday said it is set to become the first Filipino company to utilize fully certified biodegradable plastic packaging.

The company said it is tapping a local firm that has been developing and testing the technology for the last five years, which it is initially set to use for food and nonfood products, such as cement and feed sacks, grocery bags and food packaging.

The move will be the newest addition to San Miguel’s sustainable business models, which include the zero-waste returnable glass bottle system, and manufacturing processes following circular economy principles—where by-products are reused to create other products.

Company President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang said that it is partnering with Philippine Bioresins Corp., a small firm that has successfully developed and tested biodegradable plastics.

“Initially, we will use it for cement packaging. What we will use is a biodegradable plastic woven packaging or sack. This is proudly developed by Filipino inventors, using local materials and made by local workers,” Ang said.

Philippine Bioresins was recently given an Environmental Technology Verification certificate by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Industrial Technology Development Institute.

The DOST verification confirmed that the biodegradable polypropylene produced by the company will be 64.65 percent degraded in 24 months as compared to nonbiodegradable plastics of 4.5 percent in 24 months.

“We have always been looking for innovative environmental technologies, and we are excited about this development. We are looking forward to using biodegradable plastics, and this is just the beginning, as they are developing other technologies in this field,” Ang said.

The country is reportedly the world’s third-largest plastic polluter to global waters.

In addition to using biodegradable cement bags, the company’s cement business also currently buys plastic water bottles and bags, for use as fuels for its cement plants. It also uses discarded rubber tires and industrial sewage waste as secondary fuel for its cement plants.

“We are very serious when it comes to sustainability. We have stopped our plastic bottled water business; we have taken on the challenge to reduce group-wide nonproduct water use by 50 percent by 2025, and we’ve poured more resources into major projects to clean up bodies of water, as well as into research that supports plastic waste reduction,” the company said.

Last March, San Miguel started collaborating with leading materials science company Dow Chemical to study using hard-to-recycle plastics as an alternative raw material for road surfacing, in order to reduce the volume of scrap plastics that end up in the landfills.

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More updates

- Advertisement -

Sy siblings, Villar top Forbes PHL richest list for this year

The Sy siblings of the SM group and former politician, Manuel B. Villar Jr., are still the wealthiest Filipinos in 2020, according to the Forbes list of the richest people in the Philippines. However, many of those included by Forbes in the list of top 50 richest Filipinos saw...

SEC greenlights SMIC fixed-rate bond offer

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved SM Investments Corp.’s (SMIC) P30-billion shelf registration of fixed-rate bonds, a third of which will be offered by the company immediately. The SEC has approved the said shelf registration, which should be issued in tranches within three years, during its en...

Cebu Pacific pleads for patience over refunds

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Thursday appealed to affected passengers for patience over their refund, saying the company has revamped its procedures to speed up the processing of the pending refund requests that were filed last April. “To date, we have refunded over P2.4 billion booking cancellations related...
- Advertisement -

In case you missed it