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Moorim P&P develops environment-friendly hangers made of pulp
Moorim P&P (led by CEO Do-kyun Lee), Korea’s leading pulp and paper manufacturer, has developed an eco-friendly hanger using pulp that has thus far only been considered a main ingredient for paper manufacturing. Pulp hangers were developed jointly with KOLON Sport, a major outdoor clothing brand of Korea, using eco-plastic. Eco-plastic has drastically reduced the share of petroleum-based plastic, a culprit of environmental pollution that goes into the production and replaces it with pulp, which is an environmentally friendly biomass material.
Moorim P&P, as the only company in Korea that produces pulp, the main ingredient for paper, has long taken notice of the material’s environmental friendliness and have conducted research in its application. The latest environmentally friendly hanger is the first case of commercializing such efforts.
Using recycled polymers, the hangers help reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared to conventional plastic hangers and are in-line with the policies for resource recycling. Compared to the carbon dioxide emissions coming from conventional plastic hangers (approximately 1470g CO²/㎏), the pulp hangers can cut the emissions by 25% and are expected to be hailed as an upcycled product that adds value in terms of design, too.
The mannequin is made of bio-degradable plastic developed jointly with GVM Korea, by applying the pulp and saw dust of Moorim P&P in lieu of fiber-reinforced plastic that is not bio-degradable. The market for bio-degradable plastic has seen rapid growth from one worth approximately 2.6 billion dollars in 2013 to one worth approximately 5.1 billion dollars in 2018. In leading industrialized markets such as those of North America and Europe, more stringent environmental regulations and voluntary movements of consumers have taken off, leading to the demand for eco-friendly plastic to continue to grow.
A representative of Moorim P&P commented, “Moorim is actively seeking to secure new growth engines, by conducting research on replacing environmentally friendly materials such as pulp in the production of regular plastic commonly used in everyday products such as toothbrushes or caps of bottles. With the same level of durability and added environmental friendliness, bio-degradable plastic products can be applied to a variety of industries and will help with the reduction of carbon emissions and realization of upcycled value.”