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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

Going viral

China alerted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to cases of an unusual pneumonia-like illness in Wuhan City on 31 December 2019; now known as...

Japan: Rethinking the terminology of plastics recycling

Japan, is undergoing a crisis of faith in a system that has delivered possibly the highest recycling rate in the world – officially, Japan...

An unfortunate truth

If a butterfly sneezes in the Amazon, does Australia catch fire? So the Law of Unintended Consequences goes, or something along those lines. Now, does anyone...

The sound of one hand clapping

There is a mounting sense of déjà vu, and no shortage of dismay, that bodies including the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) are making...

Japan’s vision for Asia

As the world’s second-highest user per capita of plastics packaging (after the USA), Japan has set a goal to reduce the 9.4 million tonnes...

Finally, a stand against the SUP ban

Singapore, probably the most modern and technologically advanced country in Southeast Asia, has passed the region’s first circular economy law, the Resource Sustainability Act,...

The ghost in the machine

It was with a strange sense of deja vu that, while recently reorganising my hard-drive, I found a Powerpoint presentation that I delivered exactly...

When the truth is found to be lies

When the truth is found to be lies, and all the joy within you dies… so sang Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane back in...

Coasting to a solution

The heads of state of the ten countries that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), meeting in Bangkok on 22...

A journey into the Dark Night of the Soul

I’ve just completed a 15-day expedition on my 30m traditionally-built teak-and-ironwood two-masted Pinisi schooner – the Raja Naga Laut – into the heart of...

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