The Problem

Shortcomings of Current Solutions

While much of the food and drink we consume is wrapped in oil-based plastic packaging, there is still limited options for dealing with waste.

Recycling

  • Limited recycling infrastructure.
  • Only a small proportion of such waste is ever recycled.
  • No real incentive for customers to correctly separate their waste.
  • A significant amount of customer packaging is made from multiple materials which are technically difficult to separate to allow recycling.

Bio-degradable Packaging

  • The use of compostable cups, straws, food wraps, etc is not a solution on it own, as most bio-plastics require specific conditions to bio-degrade.
  • Recovery solutions and composting stations are required which are not readily available to most business or consumers.
  • No incentives are offered to adopt such system. So the bio-packaging again ends up in landfill or incinerated along with their plastic counter-parts.

Incineration & Landfill

  • In Taiwan more than 3m tonnes of waste is disposed using incineration or landfill every year.
  • There are significant greenhouse gas emissions from these methods impacting the environment and contributing to global climate change.
  • There is zero utility or value gained from end-of-life reuse.