TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In late August, Business Today held a “Green Life Festival” (自綠生活節) at POPOP Taipei near Nangang Station. Among the guests at the event was Ray Chen (陳瑞和), the general manager of the Chung Hwa Pulp Corporation (中華紙漿).
Chung Hwa Pulp is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by investing in reforestation initiatives and designing efficient paper products that are both sustainable and 100% recyclable.
The company’s activities began more than 50 years ago at the Hualien plant, which is still in operation, as well as at two newer plants in Jiutang and Taitung. As times have changed, the company has become more aware of the risks associated with climate change.
In response, the company decided to focus on reforestation projects to balance the carbon emissions created by its factories. According to Business Today, Chen said the company’s average annual carbon output before 2018 was around 900,000 tons.
Chung Hwa Pulp general manager Ray Chen speaking at the Green Life Festival (pictured Business Today)
Thanks to the company’s forest of more than 30,000 hectares, these emissions have been offset by around 300,000 tonnes. By continuing to invest in reforestation projects, Chung Hwa Pulp hopes to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2050.
In addition to minimizing its carbon footprint, the company also aims to design paper containers that are durable enough to be reused, but also capable of being easily recycled. In Taiwan, despite a high recycling rate, many paper products contain a plastic coating, which makes them difficult to sort and reprocess.
Chung Hwa Pulp recognized this problem and sought to create a product that was more efficient and better suited to the recycling process.
The result was “CircuWell” (益利), a line of fully recyclable paper food packaging products that avoid the use of plastic elements while maintaining high durability to hold many types of food substances. The absence of plastic coating reduces the time and cost of sorting and reprocessing in recycling facilities.
Chung Hwa Pulp paper products on display (photo Chung Hwa Pulp)
Ray Chen explained that the reason paper containers are still durable, despite the plastic liner, has to do with a treatment process that can tightly layer the nanofibers into the plant’s cellulose. These fibers are transparent, printable, conductive and even stronger than some plastic coatings. Many industries are just beginning to realize the potential future applications of these durable, printable nanofibers, according to Chen.
Chung Hwa Pulp recognizes the importance of sustainability and carbon neutrality in an industry that must commit to protecting the world’s forests.
Chung Hwa Pulp hopes that with smarter packaging, the paper recycling business can be significantly improved, thereby extending the life and usability of each tree’s pulp. This will in turn reduce the rate at which trees are felled due to the demand for new paper packaging products.
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