Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation Aims for Zero Plastic Waste Future
Aug 15, 2021
Plastics are considered the biggest pollutants in the world today, with 381 million tonnes of waste produced yearly and the amount is projected to double by 2034. According to the World Bank Group, 4.8 to 12.7 million tonnes of this plastic go into the marine environment each year, further damaging the homes of marine life. Imagine eight million plastic pieces leaking into the oceans every day.
Knowing these facts, the Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation Group (APC Group) launched “The Ajinomoto Virtual Experience: Be More,” which aims to fully engage Filipino families in improving the environment’s sustainability.
The Ajinomoto Virtual Experience: Be More site is designed to teach homemakers and students of all ages practical and useful tips in caring for the environment. It also intends to inspire the improvement of daily practices for better and more sustainable communities in the future.
The plastic waste problem in the Philippines
The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) reported that the Philippines produces over 163 million plastic sachet packets, 48 million shopping bags, and 45 million thin-film bags each day. Today, the country is one of the largest contributors to plastic pollution in the world’s marine ecosystem.
Filipinos’ dependency on disposable plastics continues to contribute to global plastic pollution. However, this can change if people step up and work together to come up with efficient and effective solutions to reduce plastic waste.
The APC Group and its 3Rs Approach
As Ajinomoto Group advocates greater wellness, in line with this vision, the company takes action by significantly reducing its plastic waste to zero by 2030. Starting with the current packaging of products, the company invested in using recyclable materials and reduced their thickness and size. This will effectively reduce waste by 70 to 100 tons a year.
The APC Group launched its local initiatives, focusing on the Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (3 Rs) approach. Sustainable practices are applied and maintained in every aspect of the company—from manufacturing to office organization.
In support of reducing our environmental impact, APC Group has also formed its internal Sustainability Committee that will lead the development and implementation of effective and efficient solutions that will help us achieve a zero plastic waste future.
Fostering #SustainAbilidad in Filipinos
Ajinomoto’s environment educational campaign dubbed #SustainAbilidad aims to help consumers to incorporate sustainable practices in their daily lives. Through this campaign, Ajinomoto believes that teaching and inspiring Filipinos ways to bring out their sustainability is a big step toward our goal of achieving a more sustainable future.
The Ajinomoto Virtual Experience: Be More offers fun and interactive ways to teach people of all ages how to reduce the trash in their homes, segregate properly, and identify daily items that can be reused or recycled. They can also learn how to safely and correctly prepare food based on the 5Ms of a perfect meal, which are Malinis, Masustansya, Masarap, Matipid, at Madaling Gawin.
Aside from the 5Ms, Ajinomoto also would like Filipinos to learn about the 5S organization method: Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain, which is being practiced in its offices in the Philippines. Through the 5S method, Ajinomoto sees to it that waste is reduced in work areas, applicable items are reused, and trash is properly recycled each day.
Encouraging Filipinos to take that first step to be more and do more for their community and the world is the ultimate goal of the APC Group. Learn about what sustainability is and how you can be more today by signing up for the unique virtual tour offered in the Ajinomoto Virtual Experience: Be More.