The Environmental Impact of Plastic
Plastic, which can be produced inexpensively and has excellent durability, is increasingly being seen as a major cause of various issues such as waste, environment, and resources. From the perspective of the sustainability of the Earth’s environment, it is necessary to move away from a society that relies on plastic. In Europe, where discussions are advancing, the distribution of disposable plastic products has been banned since 2021, and the “EU Plastic Strategy” sets a goal to make all plastic container packaging reusable and recyclable by economically reasonable means by 2023.
Regulations are not only for products. Many countries, including those that have previously accepted waste plastic as a resource, are now strengthening import regulations, making it difficult to continue with conventional disposal methods.
As a member of the global community, Nissha is committed to conducting corporate activities that take the Earth’s environment into consideration. By utilizing the technologies and global networks developed through our business, we will contribute to solving social issues through product development that can help reduce environmental impact and waste.
Nissha is emphasizing the use of natural materials to encourage the reduction of plastic made from petroleum, which is a finite resource. We develop and provide packaging materials and molded products made from natural materials such as biomass and pulp. Molded products made from natural materials can contribute to reducing CO2 emissions during waste incineration and preventing plastic environmental pollution, while also improving the convenience of users in various situations.
*Biomass refers to the concept of expressing the amount(mass) of biological resources (bio) and is “organic resources of renewable biological origin, excluding fossil resources.” It also contributes to the circulation of resources through biodegradation.
Circularity of Natural Resources
Nissha's sustainable materials contribute to achieving a sustainable society throughout the product lifecycle.
Nissha ecosense molding can reduce petroleum-derived plastics by using natural materials in its raw materials. Additionally, the amount of CO2 emitted during the incineration of natural materials is significantly lower than that of petroleum-based plastics, and any emitted CO2 can be absorbed by plants during their growth, making them carbon-neutral. In the unlikely event that the product ends up in the natural environment, it will not generate microplastics as it decomposes naturally through biodegradation and composting, contributing to environmental conservation. These products are durable and suitable not only for disposable items but also for products that are expected to be used for a long period of time while incorporating natural materials.