Innovation in the factory

One of our clients trialling Re>Pal pallets is a large bottling company in Indonesia, and they need a flat deck pallet for export and therefore can’t use the heavier HD or HDL range of flat-deck warehouse pallets. Our NP pallet range, typically used for exports, has nesting holes which allows many pallets to be shipped in a container to a client, reducing either shipping or back-hauling costs. This ‘nesting’ though does [...]

Use of TetraPak materials expanding in pallet range

In line with our strategy of diversifying our waste sources to reduce the cost of materials and also recycle the harder-to-recycle plastics due to our unique Thermofusion™ process, I am pleased to say that following the successful trial of 100% mixed TetraPak PolyAl material, we have also now used the PolyAl in lower percentages, mixed with the our normal mixed waste HDPE and the new material mix makes an excellent pallet. [...]

Nestle Philippines expands with Re>Pal

I’m pleased to follow on from the recent good news of Coca-Cola Beverages in the Philippines trialling our pallets, for their potential use in 2021, with the news that Nestle Philippines (Nestle) has continued the roll-out of the Re>Pal pallet to its Cagayan de Oro factory. Nestle has now chosen the Re>Pal pallet at this factory where it will use the same pallet as the Cabuyao factory, the Heavy Duty warehouse [...]

Improved processes & improving quality

I’m pleased to say that the quality of output continues to improve as we see Quality Control improvements across the value chain take effect. Recent improvements in both wash plant and extrusion have seen quality improve. The finish of pallets shown in this picture is just as one example of how the 100% recycled Re>Pal plastic pallet continues to improve.

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Alaska Milk Philippines, starts with Re>Pal

I am thrilled that Alaska Milk in the Philippines is the latest new client using Re>Pal’s 100% recycled plastic pallet. They are using the HD1210 pallet to help their sustainability footprint and drive to sustainable packaging. Alaska is part of FrieslandCampina, and in 2015 the parent company signed up to 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2, 8, 12, 13, 15 and 17). Alaska Milk’s move to Re>Pal fits well [...]

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste and Plug and Play Bring Innovation to Singapore to Tackle Plastic Waste

On the August 25,  The Alliance to End Plastic Waste AEPW and Plug and Play announced today its 11 finalists for the Asia Pacific hub of the End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform - 90-day accelerator programme that supports start-ups and small businesses on their innovations in ending plastic waste. The competitive via a virtual Selection Day was organized from Singapore. This was the organisers’ third selection hub, following successful programmes in Silicon Valley [...]

Re>Pal is now HACCP certified!

I mentioned in the May newsletter that we were pressing ahead with the application for the HACCP certification – which is an international standard defining the requirements for effective control of food safety. And that while Re>Pal is not a food manufacturing business; we are a supply chain partner in this industry and several of our larger prospects in food manufacturing have asked Re>Pal to become HACCP certified. So, it is [...]

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Nutrifood waste passes testing

As a part of our program to help Indonesian companies recycle their waste, I am pleased to say that we have successfully tested waste from Nutrifood Indonesia. Nutrifood is an Indonesian food manufacturer and some of the brands we tested included Lokalete, HiLo, Nutrisari and Diabetamill. The packaging we have recycled was the mixed laminated metallised plastics. We found that we were able to recycle up to 30% of the weight [...]

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Coca Cola Beverages Philippines starts with Re>Pal

The circular economy is at the heart of what Re>Pal does, as we take 100% waste into an asset that can also be then recycled, and it’s therefore pleasing when our clients are also valuing and investing in this new business method. Coca Cola is one such organisation that I feature this month as they have recently ordered warehouse pallets as part of a trial in their Philippine factory. For a [...]

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Transitioning to a recycling future – building the circular economy with a carrot or a stick?

In 2019, Pak Fajar Budiono, Secretary General of the Indonesian Plastic Industry Association (Inaplas), requested a review of the 10-percent value-added tax (VAT) on products made from recycled plastic waste. According to Pak Fajar, the amount of VAT is quite high and slows down the development of the recycling industry. While the ban on import of plastic waste from countries such as Australia has come into force, and the ban on export of [...]

New name clients embracing sustainability drive

We are pleased to say that a selection of new clients in June were Wilmar-Nabati, Logistics Worldwide Express & Global Forwarding Inc, PT Cahaya Mas Pratama, PT Realfood Winta Asia, Makmur Express Abadi/Julius Linus. Even though Covid-19 is altering businesses and the way we all do business, at least for the immediate future, these companies have selected Re>Pal for the combination of value, durability, and sustainability. The transition to sustainability does [...]

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Global Reporting Initiative & Global Initiatives speaking opportunity

I was pleased to be invited to speak at a virtual forum organised by GRI and Global Initiatives moderated by Michele Lemmens and Shefali Chaddha. This was a 'case study' format where various sector leaders presented their experiences in what works and what could be improved. Insights came from Mikkel Larsen at DBS Bank (Singapore), Noppadol Dej-Udom from Charoen Pokphand Group Co (Thailand) Rosnith Rahan from Sodexo (Singapore), and me representing [...]

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