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Dow and Thong Guan mark new milestone in stretch cling film production

Sep 27. 2020
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By The Nation

Chemicals giant Dow and Thong Guan have introduced sustainable stretch cling films made with renewable feedstock in the Asia Pacific.

The stretch cling films are produced using bio-based resins, achieving high performance while reducing carbon footprint, the company said.

The world’s leading stretch cling film producers said that the bio-based polyethylene (bio-PE) marked a milestone in the region’s commercialisation of a plastics offering made from renewable feedstock, enabling industry providers to produce high-performance plastics while reducing carbon footprint.

In a joint effort, Thong Guan will be using Dow’s bio-based resin derived from renewable feedstock. The feedstock comes from tall oil, a residue of paper production, from sustainably managed forests. Unlike other alternative renewable feedstocks, it does not compete with the human food chain, and no extra land is required for its production, the companies said.

Nano Bio, the new range of stretch cling films by Thong Guan, will be made using Dow’s linear low-density polyethylene.

“To achieve our new sustainability target of protecting the climate, Dow is committed to implementing and advancing technologies to manufacture products using fewer resources, thereby helping our customers to reduce their carbon footprint. Introducing Dow’s first bio-based polyethylene in Asia Pacific based on renewable feedstock is an important step in this direction,” said Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice president of Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics.

“In addition, as a part of the new sustainability targets, Dow is also committed to stopping the leakage of plastic waste into the environment by enabling 1 million metric tonnes of plastic to be collected, reused or recycled by 2030 and closing the circular economy loop by having 100 per cent of its products sold into packaging applications be reusable or recyclable by 2035.”

“This is a landmark moment for Dow. Introducing bio-based resins for the first time in Asia Pacific, our fastest-growing market, is key in advancing a circular economy. We are proud to embark on this journey with our long-term partner, Thong Guan, and further both our sustainability offerings in order to meet our environmental goals,” said Eunice Ch’ng, senior marketing manager, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Asia Pacific.

“We are committed to preserving the environment and resources for the future world. The continuous collaboration with Dow illustrates our dedication to offering renewable products and promoting sustainability,” said Ang Poon Chuan, managing director, Thong Guan Industries. “With Dow’s bio-based resins, our Nano Bio reduces the use of plastics while maintaining the same high-performance, thus meeting our customers’ business and sustainability needs."

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