UNIVERSAL BIOPACK HAS DEVELOPED HIGHLY DURABLE PACKAGING FROM BAMBOO FIBER THAT CAN NATURALLY DECOMPOSE WITHIN THE PERIOD OF ONE WEEK.
While a country such as Sweden has to import 800,0000 tons of waste per year to serve as a resource for production of its electricity, a developing nation such as ours is struggling to deal with excessive amounts of garbage let alone consider the notion of reproducing waste into something functionally productive, as managing it and keeping everything organized and clean feels like an almost impossible task to maneuver. Among the seemingly infinite amount of junk, plastic and foam are two of the most environmentally threatening types of waste with hundreds of years being needed for decomposition. We would probably be reincarnated and live through two lifetimes and plastic and foam would still be here on earth. Foreseeing such potential dilemma, Universal Biopack further developed the research done by Kasetsart University on the manufacturing of highly durable packaging that can naturally decompose within the period of one week. With bamboo fiber (industrial waste from chopstick production) and tapioca flour being the principle materials, the formula was conceived to produce a highly flexible material that could be used in the making of plates, bowls and other utensils for food and beverages, ‘Krathong’ (the adorned baskets Thais use for the celebration of the Loy Krathong Festival) and other types of packaging for furniture and telephones. Universal Biopack’s main business was primarily compact disc production, but with today’s dwindling demands for CDs, the factory has readjusted its operations to manufacture disposable packaging made of bamboo fiber. The company is currently growing and expanding its business with a plan to increase the production capacity from 300,000 to 1,000,0000 units per month. With the majority of clients being foreign companies, local restaurants and food kiosks in Thailand have not shown any interest in the product due to its higher price compared to other types of packaging available on the market.
TEXT: SUPITCHA TOVIVICH