Abaca can be ally vs. plastics pollution, deforestation

A plant abundant in the Philippines may well help address plastics pollution and deforestation while promoting climate protection and the shift towards a circular economy.

Francheska Zaide, co-owner of material solutions company Orera Technology, said abaca plant, source of world-famous Manila hemp, presents such possibility for being an eco-friendly alternative to plastic and paper materials commonly used in products and packaging.

Zaide shared, “If we shift our focus to natural fiber as alternative, for food packaging at least, our solid waste will be drastically reduced.”

Circular economy is a waste- and resource use-minimizing economic model for sustainable production and consumption, keeping products and materials in use as long as possible.

Abaca has potential for circular economy application as the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority said this material is durable and recyclable, the strongest natural fiber on earth.

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