What’s the Impact of Asia Pulp and Paper Packaging?

Have you explored APP in the past? Well, Asia Pulp and Paper, or APP, began as Asia Tissue Mills in Malaysia back in the 1970s with an annual production of 170 tons of tissue paper. Since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds to become one of the largest producers of pulp and paper products in the world, with its current annual production topping two million tons. Given this rapid expansion and the much higher demand for paper products over the last few decades, APP has had to find innovative ways to package its products without sacrificing quality or price.

Key Findings

The recent controversy surrounding Asia pulp and paper timber operations in Indonesia has highlighted a growing trend among corporations: buying from sustainable suppliers. Since conservationism can enhance brand value, many companies are keen to demonstrate their environmental credentials. While others have environmental obligations enshrined in law, such as is often the case with multinationals that trade across borders; while some focus on sustainability to reduce their impact on climate change.

What is being lost along with these forests? How much valuable biodiversity will be destroyed forever if these industries are not made more sustainable. What steps should you take now to protect our rainforests for future generations? These questions must be answered by policymakers and industry leaders, who continue to overlook them at their peril.

Waste Management Framework

As an entrepreneur, you’re probably familiar with waste management. However, to understand what’s happening in your business, it’s important to have a good grasp of how waste management works. A lot of it will come down to creating processes for existing waste streams, but let’s take a look at some things that you should consider as you begin building out your business.

In any particular location or region around the world, there are certain assets that are more valuable than others – for example, land tends to be more valuable than sand; oil tends to be more valuable than copper.

Waste Management in China

Managing waste is a serious problem in China. Across most cities, residents are required to separate their trash into four different bins: one for domestic garbage, one for recyclables, one for yard trimmings, and another for hazardous materials. In 2010 alone, Chinese citizens generated over 3.3 billion tons of solid waste.

The United States, by comparison, produces just under 1.5 billion tons of waste per year (not counting individual household residential or industrial/commercial/institutional waste). Given that both countries have roughly 1/6th of the world’s population between them, that means that roughly 2.9 trillion tons of global garbage are produced each year—of which only about 190 million metric tons are recycled annually.

Indonesia Case Study

In Indonesia, crude palm oil production grew from 4.8 million tonnes in 2003 to 6.1 million tonnes in 2013. Rising demand for palm oil from China was a key contributor to increased output, as China overtook India as Indonesia’s biggest buyer of palm oil in 2011. This rapid increase has a heavy environmental cost because of Asia pulp and paper packaging, causing both deforestation and loss of biodiversity – many endangered species have lost their habitats to make way for more plantations – but with its growing middle class, it is likely that demand will continue to rise.

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