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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

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...

Packaging in response to disaster

On the morning of 29 July 2018, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the island of Lombok, near Bali, Indonesia at a shallow depth of 14km....

Tightening the knot

As China ceases to be a destination for scrap plastics following Operation National Sword, South East Asian countries have been the main targets for...

A 20-year saga

In reality, there is nothing new about India’s latest attempts to ban plastics. Despite the recent media headlines from Maharashtra (see Asiaphile, August 2018),...

Move along there, nothing to see here

On 23 March 2018, India’s second most-populous state, Maharashtra, banned the manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of plastics materials such as single-use bags,...

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