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Malaysia produces PEFC certified eco-friendly egg trays

Teo Seng Paper Products Offers First PEFC-certified Egg Trays

 

In support of Sustainable Development Goals

Johor-based Teo Seng Paper Products Sdn Bhd (Teo Seng Paper Products) stamped a mark in the local paper industry when it recently became the first company to obtain the Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) for its eco-friendly egg trays.

Teo Seng Paper Products is a subsidiary of Teo Seng Capital Bhd, an investment holding company in which its principal businesses include poultry farming and marketing of chicken eggs, manufacturing and marketing of animal feeds, paper egg trays and organic fermented fertiliser, as well as distribution of animal health products and solution provider

As a leading global alliance of national forest certification systems, the PEFC works with the whole forest supply chain to support and ensure that forest and tree-based products are ethically and sustainably produced while encouraging consumers to make informed decisions when it comes to buying such products.

The PEFC CoC Certificate enables Teo Seng Paper Products to use the PEFC label on its egg trays as a mark of its compliance to the sustainability requirements of the PEFC CoC standard. The label would not only boost the company’s competitive edge but also reflects its commitment in supporting national sustainability agenda.

The certificate was presented by Bureau Veritas Malaysia (an independent Certification Body) certification manager Cynthia S.L. Tan to Teo Seng Paper Products director Nam Hiok Yong at the company’s plant in Yong Peng on March 12. The presentation of the certificate was witnessed by MTCC chief executive officer Yong Teng Koon.

Teo Seng Paper Products product development executive, Edan Na said the company has been producing sturdy egg trays made of recycled newspapers and corrugated cartons since 1995, in line with its vision to produce sustainable products for the industry. At present, the company uses 400 tonnes of recycled papers to produce 6.3 million units of egg tray every month mainly for local consumption.

He said the company sees the PEFC CoC Certification not only for the green cause but also as a good marketing tool to penetrate new markets and enhance their market presence.

“Currently, most of our egg trays are utilised for our in-house egg brand and sold to local farms. With the PEFC label, we’re gearing up our efforts to enhance our sales and tap into other potential markets.”

“The certification is an important milestone for us as it is one of the company’s targets in going green. And turning wasted papers into an eco-friendly product is our way to help reduce congestions at the already limited dumpsites in our country. It’s our little contribution for Malaysia,” he added.

Congratulating the company, MTCC chief executive officer Yong Teng Koon said the effort by Teo Seng Paper Products to have its paper egg trays certified is commendable and in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

In utilising recycled materials, the company has shown its business leadership in mainstreaming its sustainability practices to ensure resource efficiency, reduce waste and that material consumption does not lead to over-extraction of resources and degradation of environmental resources.

About the Malaysian Timber Certification Council

Established in 1998, the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) is an independent organisation tasked to develop and operate the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). As a voluntary national scheme, the MTCS provides for independent assessment of forest management practices and audit of timber product manufacturers or exporters to ascertain that the timber products manufactured or exported are sourced from sustainably managed forests. This is to ensure the sustainable management of Malaysia’s natural forest and forest plantations, as well as to meet the demand for certified timber products.

The MTCS has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the largest forest certification programme, representing more than 300 million hectares of certified forests worldwide. The MTCS is the first tropical timber certification scheme in the Asia Pacific region to be endorsed by the PEFC.

Today, the MTCS is being recognised by national procurement policies in Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand. The scheme is also accepted under the Malaysian Green Building Index and other Green Building Systems in Australia, Italy, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Singapore.

Issued on behalf of MTCC and PEFC by Ken Hickson (SASA) Singapore.

For more information contact Ken at kenhickson@sustain-ability-showcase.com or go to www.pefc.org

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