Enterprise
Going for paper instead of plastic
Behonce Beh | 02 Feb 2018 00:30
Paper cups are widely used by cafes and cafeterias in the country
THE ban on polystyrene food containers and single-use plastic bags in a few states has allowed paper packaging and food container manufacturers to grow their business in the disposable packaging segment.

Foodabox Dot Com Sdn Bhd co-founders Dick Lim and June Mun say the ban not only improved their earnings but also raised greater awareness among customers.

The company saw an 80% year-on-year increase in turnover last year following the ban.

“While people were aware of paper food containers, they didn’t know where to source them and opted for plastic containers as an alternative.

“Now, there is a growing number of enquiries for our products due to the ban,” Lim says.

He says most of the time, buyers start with a small order for paper food containers or cups and progress to other items such as paper bags.

Penang was the first to impose a “no plastic bag” campaign in 2010 which eventually led to a ban on polystyrene food packaging two years later.