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PGT Makes Paper Pulp from Palm Oil Waste

palm oil wastePulp Green Tech (PGT), which owns Thai Gorilla Pulp in Thailand, says it has made high-grade quality paper pulp from 100 percent palm oil waste material, called empty fruit bunches or EFBs (pictured).

The company says more than 95 percent of raw material EFBs are disposed and estimates the waste material weighs more than 300 million tons a year.

The technology enables investors, palm oil producers and paper pulp mills to achieve ROI of over 100 percent in the first year of operation, assuming the pulp is sold at a price of comparable non-wood materials, PGT says.

Through Thai Gorilla Pulp, the company sells the palm pulp (or the end product made of palm pulp) to Europe, Malaysia, and locally in Thailand. It plans to expand its technology to Malaysia and Indonesia this year, and says it’s preparing to form a partnership with paper mills/palm oil producers in the region.

The World Resources Institute calls palm oil a sustainability story to watch in 2014; this month alone Mondelez International said it achieved Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil coverage for 100 percent of the palm oil it bought in 2013, two years ahead of schedule. L’Oréal says by 2015, 100 percent palm oil and major palm derivatives should come from known sources and by 2020, 100 percent of its palm supply will be free from deforestation.

 

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3 thoughts on “PGT Makes Paper Pulp from Palm Oil Waste

  1. I am surprised to see this story highlighted in Environmental Leader. A technology utilizing palm oil waste does nothing to inhibit deforestation and habitat destruction in Southeast Asia, and potentially makes it even more profitable. I have started reading product labels specifically to assess palm oil content, and feel strongly that responsible companies need to take more steps TODAY to prevent the ecological devastation that is being caused by palm oil production.

  2. While the palm oil industry has been a large environmental devastator, it is such a widely used oil and supports so many livelihoods that I cannot imagine it ever disappearing. We should be focussing our energy on pushing for the sustainable development of palm oil.

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