8 Sept 2006
Environmentally-Friendly Packaging(HKTDC Packaging, Vol 02,2006)
|Daily Win Mfr Co specialises in producing non-woven products such as these environmentally-friendly bags that can be used time and again|
Amid the push by the "green" movement, environmentally-friendly packaging has become a popular topic - and the demand for suitable products is being met by a host of Hong Kong manufacturers.
Among the range of environmentally-friendly products offered by Daily Win Mfr Co, for example, is a PP, non-woven yellow bag.
"This bag can be used for packaging items such as clothes or function as a regular shopping bag," says marketing executive Cammie Chuang.
"Another PP, non-woven bag, largely in pink, can be used for packaging soap," she adds. "PP is light and durable, and that ensures our bags are convenient to carry round."
The company prices its PP non-woven bags at about HK$3-5 each FOB Hong Kong and delivers minimum orders of 5,000 units approximately 3-4 weeks after order confirmation.
Established in 2000, Daily Win runs a 110-worker factory in Longgang in Guangdong Province on the Chinese mainland that turns out more than 300,000 environmentally-friendly bags a month using fabrics and materials sourced in Hong Kong.
"Germany and France are our biggest markets, and together account for about 70% of sales," Chuang notes.
Another manufacturer of reusable bags is Top Forest Development Co, which uses PP non-woven fabrics sourced from the mainland.
"Our materials are non-polluting," says sales and marketing officer Iris Poon. "They contain no heavy metals or lead and they decompose easily within three months or so."
The firm's collection includes a brown wine bag. "This model is meant for wine merchants who can print their logos on the outside," Poon explains. "Without a logo, we sell this bag for about US$0.25 each FOB Hong Kong."
Another popular item in the company's range is a yellow drawstring pouch suitable for packaging small items. "Items such as cosmetics, gifts, coins and keys can be placed in this bag," says Poon. "It is often used as a corporate promotion item." Without a logo, this model sells for about US$0.10 each FOB Hong Kong.
Established in 1996, Top Forest produces some 400,000 environmentally-friendly bags a month at its 300-worker factory in Guangzhou on the Chinese mainland. The minimum order is 2,000 units, and the lead time is about 10 days. The firm exports to the US, Australia, the UK, France and Canada.
Other environmentally-friendly packaging products from Hong Kong include rigid items such as brown heart-shaped trays manufactured by Sun Fung Environment Packaging Ltd.
"These heart-shaped trays are for packing chocolates," explains executive secretary Virginia Wong. "They are made from recycled carton paper, and sell for about HK$2 each FOB Hong Kong."
Sun Fung also supplies a grey case with four egg-shaped holders. "This model is designed to hold four cakes of egg-shaped soap. It is made from recycled newspaper and the FOB Hong Kong unit price is HK$1.50," Wong adds.
Sun Fung has yet another environmentally-friendly product in the form of a white toy holder. "This simple container, which is made from recycled white paper, is suitable for holding small toys," says Wong. "We can also offer it with multiple compartments."
The paper used for these items comes from the mainland, and Sun Fung accepts minimum order quantities of 10,000 units for Hong Kong and mainland delivery and 100,000 units for overseas delivery.
The lead time is 2-3 weeks and production takes place at an ISO 9001-certified, 30,000-square-metre, 150-worker factory in Dongguan on the mainland.
Established in 1998, Sun Fung sells to Japan, North America and Western Europe, in addition to the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong. It enjoys an annual turnover of US$1m-1.5m.
Meanwhile, Fujikon Packing Material Co Ltd has a range of environmentally-friendly boxes that includes a transparent PP box with offset-printed pink stripes across the top and bottom.
"The stripes can be used to display information about the product the box contains," suggests deputy general manager Manfred Man. "Typically, that might be a cosmetics item such as a skin cleanser. Furthermore, the box is transparent and the buyer can easily see the contents."
Fujikon also manufactures colourful, offset-printed PP boxes for packaging snacks, and a wide range of other products.
"The FOB Hong Kong unit prices of our offset printed PP boxes range from HK$0.20-6.00. We can also deliver on the mainland from Guangdong Province," says Man. "The exact price depends on the size and complexity of the product as well as the order quantity."
Fujikon also manufactures environmentally-friendly blister packs, with prices ranging from HK$0.20-4.00 each FOB Hong Kong or delivered from Guangdong Province.
Each month, Fujikon produces some 3.5 million units of environmentally-friendly packaging products. "Of these, boxes account for 45%, blister packs for 45% and bags for 10%," says Man.
Overall, the company uses PP, PET and EVA from Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. "These materials can be recycled and emit no poisonous substances when burnt. They do very little damage to nature."
Fujikon requires a minimum order of 5,000 units, and the lead time is two weeks. "The US is our biggest market, contributing 30%-40% of total sales," Man says. "Other markets include the UK."
Established in 1989, Fujikon manufactures at its ISO 9000-certified, 20,000-square-metre, 800-worker factory in Dongguan.
When it comes to environmentally-friendly packaging, Hong Kong certainly has its finger on the pulse.
WRITTEN BY LIZA LEE
Continental Packaging Ltd
Flat D, 20/F, Blk 1
Tai Ping Ind Centre
57 Ting Kok Rd
Tai Po, New Territories
Fujikon Packing Material Co Ltd
16/F, Tower I
Grand Central Plaza
138 Shatin Rural Committee Rd
Sha Tin, New Territories