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Convenience rules

The convenience store plays a special role in the daily lives of Japanese consumers, quite unlike that of most other countries. There are more than 55,000 convenience stores – called ‘konbini’– across Japan, offering not only grocery items but also daily necessities such as personal care products, cosmetics, and even clothing. Depending on the outlet and its location, customers can also draw cash from ATMs, pay...

Malaysia’s $1.1bn recycling roadmap

Packaging is the largest end-use sector in Malaysia’s plastics landscape, consuming approximately 48 per cent of available resin to produce plastics bags, containers, films, plates, sheets, foil, bottles and boxes. The country’s annual per capita plastics packaging consumption is one of the highest among Southeast Asian countries at 16.78kg/person, with total household plastics packaging consumption estimated at 523,000 tonnes in 2020. With such high consumption...

Japan: driven by the circular economy

According to recent data from the Japan Packaging Institute, the Japanese packaging industry has experienced steady growth, reaching a valuation of ¥6.57 trillion ($44.42...

Seizing opportunities in China’s circular economy

If the significance of China’s role in the global plastics packaging industry is sometimes hard to get a handle on, it’s always worth looking...

Network for recovery

Despite local authorities handling 100 per cent of the country’s waste collection, over half of what is collected in Thailand ends up in landfill...

China tightens agrifood rules

China has released a national mandatory standard governing excessive packaging for the five major fresh edible agricultural product categories produced in, or imported into,...

Collateral profit

The buzz from businesses in Vietnam is increasing as the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for packaging proposed by the Ministry of National Resources...

Green steps for Thailand

Expectations are high in Thailand, with the country’s government intent on implementing a new model for a circular economy. Known as the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG)...