PINTO INDUSTRIES LIMITED GOING BIODEGRADABLE
The biggest manufacturer of plastic in the North is researching a biodegradable alternative as the ban on single-use plastic bags comes into effect from the first of January next year. During the National Budget 2019/2020, the Government had announced the ban on single-use plastic bags.
Pinto Industries Limited has announced they will no longer manufacture checkout plastic bags from the end of this year. Their research department is looking at a product which is made from starch derived from cassava.
“We are trying to get some raw materials from overseas to test on our existing machines in our Naseakula factory,” said Viliame Jiuta, business development specialist for Pinto Industries. “Sometimes, the manufacturers are blamed as the biggest polluters of our environment. We believe that this is everyone’s responsibility.”
Mr Jiuta said the fight against Climate Change and a cleaner environment was being championed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. As citizens of Fiji, everyone needs to join in this fight and this should start at home.
Pinto Industries is hoping to have a positive feedback and trial of the new biodegradable material so work can start by the end of the year.
This move is also likely to entice people to grow more cassava. Plastic bags will be banned from the beginning of next year while styrofoam boxes will be banned the following year along with plastic straws.