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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

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...

The recycling con game

There’s a sense of deep betrayal in Asia as we watch the international network TV news programmes, on reputable stations such as the BBC,...

China is winning, but has anyone noticed?

In case nobody has noticed, we are in the midst of a trade war! The reality is that we’ve had skirmishes on and off...

Australia’s new sustainability conversation

Australia’s approach to sustainable packaging has entered an era of significant change, prompted mainly by China’s policy on the import of waste, which has...

Bali bans the bag

In the face of mounting pressure from the scientific and international community on Indonesia to clean up its ocean plastics, the tourist island of...

Plastics science

It is fair to say that in recent years no two scientific papers have attracted more public attention and mainstream media headlines than the...

There’s more than fish in the sea

“There’s more plastics in the ocean than fish,” the headlines on my social media feeds scream on a daily basis, and with depressing certainty....

Single-minded approach to waste

Sustainability has been the focus of attention in Asia for the last two to three years with pressure from international agencies, such as the...

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