Moorim Paper, a leader in Korea’s environment-friendly paper manufacturing industry, was given three honors as three of its products, ‘Neoforêt CUP’, ‘Neoforêt STRAW’ and ‘Neoforêt buffer material’ were selected by consumers as ‘green products of the year 2021’. This is the first time a Korean paper manufacturer was awarded three honors at the same time.
‘Green products of the year’ are chosen by environmental groups and consumers who participate throughout the entire selection process, from the selection of candidate products to actual voting, and thus is given high credibility. The non-profit civic group, Green Purchase Network hosts the competition each year, with evaluators of consumer groups and environmental groups from across the country casting their votes after using the candidate products themselves and evaluating the products for their environment-friendliness, function and value for price.
The three products of Moorim that won the honor received high praise for their contribution to environmental preservation and recycling, by replacing hard or soft plastic materials used in conventional products with environment-friendly paper. The three products of Moorim are often referred to as the ‘three leaders of environment-friendly paper’ that capture what Moorim does best. The latest honors add to the outstanding track record the products have accumulated in environment-friendliness, and thus marks an important point in the Korean paper manufacturing industry as a whole.
Neoforêt CUP, for instance, uses environment-friendly water-soluble coating liquid, making the cups bio-degradable within 45 days. Verified for their environment-friendliness, it is already supplied to a number of convenience stores and large supermarkets.
Neoforêt STRAW, meanwhile, is used to produce paper straws made of natural pulp. It has passed tests for environment-friendliness and have been certified for both its bio-degradability and recyclability, making Moorim the only paper manufacturer in Korea to have a dual certification. Moreover, thanks to its outstanding durability, the straws are able to maintain their original form for a longer period and offer improved feel to the touch. The paper has also passed the safety tests of the U.S. FDA and BfR of Europe.
‘Neoforêt buffer material’ is used to produce materials that replace the conventional Styrofoam, plastic or bubble wrap used to prevent damage in packages. The material is also patented for its paper cushion format where air is injected to absorb shock. Paper buffer materials are about the size of a palm or approximately 7 cm on each side for each unit, weighing a mere 1.6g but is durable enough to withstand the weight of one package of rice. The outstanding durability and environment-friendliness were recognized at the ‘15th Korea Packaging Competition’, winning the Award by the President of the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology. At present, it is used by the Baekam Logistics Center of CJ Logistics for some of its packages.
The latest awards have proven to Moorim that there is growing demand from consumers for environment-friendly paper, and plans to live up to such demand by continuing its development of various paper products that have wide applicability in everyday life, thus leading the market for environment-friendly paper products.