Philippines paper project using pineapple, seen cutting plastics use

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Philippines paper project using pineapple, seen cutting plastics use

November 26, 2019 - 17:45
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MANILLA, Nov. 26, 2019 (Local News) -AN arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it is hoping to raise farmers’ incomes by using waste material from the pineapple-growing progress to make specialty paper that can replace plastic packaging.

The DTI’s Design Center of the Philippines calls the initiative the Pinyapel Project, after the Filipino words for pineapple (pinya) and paper (papel).

“The Pinyapel Project began with the intent of maximizing the use of agricultural waste to improve the livelihood of farmers, address concerns on dwindling natural resources and offer alternatives to plastic; collaborate with local enterprises; and consequently, show to the world what the creative and design mind of the Philippines can do,” Design Center Executive Director Rhea O. Matute said in an e-mail.

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