Fiji Sun - - North News -

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.

Shalveen Chand

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