Fertiliser made from food waste and single-use packaging? Sustainable packaging firm TRIA and KFC Singapore have launched the world’s first closed-loop single-use packaging solution through a pilot programme. Their initiative aims to catalyse circularity in the F&B industry.
TRIA is helmed by CEO Ng Pei Kang, who spent more than a decade as an innovation designer before making the switch to sustainability. While exploring “more meaningful” career options, he deep-dived into Singapore’s waste problem. Eventually, he turned to sustainable food packaging.
As the home page of TRIA’s website reminds us, 12 million tonnes of food waste are thrown away every year and end up in landfills. On average, a person living in the city generates 150kg of food waste. The same person is likely responsible for 30kg of disposable packaging waste.
“Sustainability is a big problem to solve — and probably one of the most challenging for our generation. To achieve sustainability, we must take ownership and responsibility,” Ng, 41, points out. “Singapore is a small country, but big on consumption with a ferocious appetite. So it will be amazing if we could do the same in aftercare.”