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Second Life for Waste Fabric (2020/07/20)
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    Second Life for Waste Fabric (2020/07/20)

    Taiwan's e-commerce industry is booming. But in 2019, it also generated about 18,000 metric tons of waste. A social enterprise has turned waste fabric into colorful, reusable packaging. It hopes that with time, more online retailers will adopt this stylish alternative that's good for the Earth.

    Shopping online is convenient and fast, but it comes at a cost. Most packaging used by e-commerce vendors are single use. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, packaging takes up almost a third of all plastics production. But only 14% of that packaging ends up recycled.

    Liu Jui-hsiang
    EPA Waste Management Division
    In 2019, NT$207.8 billion was spent on products online. That spending generated about 18,000 metric tons of waste.

    Not only that, overstock of woven and cotton fabrics in Taiwan reached more than 400,000 square meters by the end of 2016, according to the Taiwan Economic Research Institute. That's equivalent to the area of about 55 Sun Moon Lakes. These fabrics are then burned, destroyed or buried in the end, further damaging the environment. To reduce fabric waste and plastic packaging, a social enterprise is selling undergarments shipped in bags made of waste fabric. To deliver these unconventional packages, it's teamed up with the logistics network of a major convenience store.

    Jean Chang
    Brand founder
    Anything that can reduce greenhouse gases is our priority. Compared to disposable plastic packaging, our costs are nearly 10 to 15 times more.

    The social enterprise hopes that bags made from upcycled fabric can fill the packaging needs of the e-commerce industry while helping the environment.
    中文 Chinese  
    減塑新行動 廢布料化身物流包裝紙

    網路購物方便又迅速,但也相對要付出代價。大多數貨品的包裝都是一次性的,根據世界經濟論壇的一份報告,包裝幾乎佔所有塑料產量的三分之一,然而只有14%的包裝被回收。

    [[環保署廢棄物管理處副處長 劉瑞祥]]
    "108年全國的網購消費額大概是在2078億,其中產生的廢棄物大概是1萬8千公噸左右。"

    根據台灣經濟研究院統計指出,至2016年底,台灣紡織品、梭織布和針織棉布累積的庫存量布料量40萬平方公尺,相當於55個日月潭的面積。這些布料最終都會被焚燒銷毀或掩埋,危害環境。為了減少織物浪費和塑料包裝,社會企業與超商合作推出計畫,民眾如果購買內褲,業者每一筆訂單都會用廢棄布去包裝,透過超商物流送到消費者手上。

    [[創辦人 張倞菱]]
    "我們要怎麼樣可以把我們的溫室氣體減量這件事情,都會當作我們的前提,相較於我們一次性的塑膠包裝,我們(成本)將近是10到15倍。"

    社會企業業者希望用再生纖維製成的袋子,不只滿足電子商務行業的包裝需求,同時也減少對環境的傷害 。
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