Opening of the first eco-solutions manufacturing plant in Singapore at Tuas
SINGAPORE – The first eco-solutions manufacturing plant here was officially inaugurated in Tuas on Thursday May 12.
The Green Lab, a 200,000 square foot facility, will provide sustainable solutions for businesses, such as customizable biodegradable plastic bags and compostable cutlery for food and beverage businesses.
It also aims to supply customers further afield in the Asean region.
Green Lab was launched by Singaporean printing agency Print Lab and Times Printers, a member of Times Publishing Group. Restaurant and publishing giant Fraser & Neave owns a 60% stake in Green Lab through its publishing arm, Times Publishing.
The launching ceremony was presided over by the Chief Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policy, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who also visited the new facilities.
The factory uses fully automated machinery to manufacture highly customizable biodegradable paper bags.
It will also produce some of Singapore’s first fully compostable plant-based bags, which can be used as an alternative to plastic bags.
The facility will also serve as the first print agency to fully integrate the use of PVC-free banners and stickers as a commodity for customers, and provide a one-stop-shop for fully compostable packaging for catering businesses.
Among the products will be a fully biodegradable and compostable bag called the Cassa180, made entirely from recycled industrial waste cassava roots.
The bag takes three minutes to disintegrate in hot water, or 180 days if simply left in a backyard.
Green Lab will be a supplier of Kraft paper packaging, either fully recycled or produced from sustainably sourced materials.
Print Lab Group Managing Director, Muralikrishnan Rangan, also a co-founder of Green Lab, said, “We create employment opportunities (and) do our business responsibly to support the green movement. Our goal is to give businesses the ability to make some changes to the way we all operate. »
He added that using automation will also ensure that products are not too expensive for companies choosing sustainable options.