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Moorim, “No harmful substances in Korean paper straws”
The recent announcement by a Belgian research team that per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFAS) have been detected in paper straws has raised concerns that some inaccurate information and speculation could lead to consumer confusion and a decline in the Korean paper market.
It was pointed out that the study was conducted on a few specific paper straws in circulation in Belgium and that it is unreasonable to generalize the result to all paper straws. The paper industry is concerned that this could lead to distrust of domestically produced eco-friendly paper straws that have been found to be free of the substance.
Seoil, a purely Korean firm ranked first in the global straw market, also dismissed the allegation of detecting harmful substances in its paper straws on the market as unfounded. Seoil is a leading global straw manufacturer with nine factories in Korea and abroad, exporting to more than 120 countries around the globe for the past 45 years. The company supplies eco-friendly paper straws to global food and beverage firms such as Nestle and large Korean food and beverage companies such as Maeil Dairies and Seoul Milk.
Moreover, with the recent ESG trend and the growing need for eco-friendly products, Seoil plays a leading role in the market shift from plastic to paper straws. With orders from food and beverage companies worldwide constantly increasing, the company is equipped with a paper straw production facility with a capacity of over 20 billion straws, thanks to its heavy investment.
In addition, since straws are products that come into contact with the mouth, Seoil determined that it is of utmost importance that they are safe and eco-friendly. The company has taken the lead in developing and distributing eco-friendly paper by partnering with Moorim. This raw paper straw paper manufacturer has passed the tests on not only the harmlessness to the human body but also the biodegradability and recyclability.
The base paper used for Seoil’s paper straws is Neoforet STRAW, Moorim’s representative eco-friendly paper, which has acquired certifications in biodegradability and recyclability. It has also passed food safety tests by the US FDA and the European BfR. In particular, it has obtained the test report from an international organization stating that it does not contain any per- and polyfluorinated compounds (that become the issue these days), as well as about 60 other harmful substances, officially proving its harmlessness to humans.
“We are leading the global paper straw market with the best quality, but it is very unfortunate that all paper straws are glossed over as if they harm the environment and health,” said Park Jae-il, Vice Chairperson of Seoil. “We are making meticulous efforts day and night to improve our eco-friendliness and quality, so we hope that consumers will trust and support Korean paper and our paper straws.”
Meanwhile, the paper industry and pulp and paper-related academia are also joining forces at the level of the entire paper industry to minimize the impact of the announcement of overseas study. They plan to establish clear standards for eco-friendly paper products and deliver correct information through various media while actively promoting the eco-friendliness of Korean paper to the general public.
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