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Asiaphile is a monthly review of news and issues affecting the plastics packaging industry in Asia and covers raw materials, machinery manufacturers, converters, and brand owners

Stamping down on excess

In advance of two major festivals in mainland China, Dragon Boat (3 June) and Mid- Autumn Festival (10 September), the State Administration for Market...

G20 spring cleaning for Bali’s recovery

As Indonesia rolls back two years of Covid isolation, the country’s favourite tropical paradise – the ‘Island of the Gods’ – Bali is once...

Thailand revises food contact regulations

For the past year, the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has been revising its regulations governing the qualities and standards of plastics food...

Damn statistics – the numbers game and ocean plastics

In February 2015, the US journal Science published a research paper, ‘Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean’, produced by a US University...

Plastics law kicks in

From 1 April 2022 new regulations governing the reduction of the volume of plastics used, or put onto the market, by convenience stores, supermarkets,...

Much obliged

Singapore’s Resource Sustainability Act requires Packaging Data Report filings by the end of March. But who are the obligated companies, and what are they...

Multi-point plan

As China rolls out its latest Five-Year Plastic Action Plan, we look at the country’s targets for plastics substitution and recycling   Last month, we addressed...

Drastic plan

After more than eight months of drip-feeding plans to shake-up China’s plastics recycling regime, and just in time to add it to the list...

On the road to somewhere

China’s plastics roadmap has plenty of one-way streets, blockades and bumps in the terrain, but the highway could offer a plentiful supply of opportunities...

New regs for Japan

Japan is in the process of introducing major revisions to the plastics component of its Containers and Packaging Recycling Act, in order to promote...

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