Dow seals value chain partnership with Want-Want Group

Both drive zero-solvent emissions and explore opportunities to adopt more recyclable flexible packaging

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Dow seals value chain partnership with Want-Want Group to drive zero-solvent emissions and explore opportunities to adopt more recyclable flexible packaging. Photo Dow
Dow has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with one of China’s leading food and beverage groups, Want-Want, to drive zero-solvent emissions and develop a circular economy for flexible packaging. This agreement aims to deepen value-chain partner collaborations with customized adhesives solutions to address the needs of the industry for more sustainable packaging choices.
 
Solvent emissions are a source of pollution and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Enabled by Dow’s water-based and solventless adhesives technologies, Want-Want is dedicated to using environmentally-friendly laminating adhesives for all its flexible packaging while exploring opportunities to adopt recyclable packaging across more products under its portfolio.
 
“Investing in sustainability is an ongoing process. This significant step with Want-Want can help both parties optimize our sustainability roadmaps in the long run,” said Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice-president, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “We will continue to drive innovative solutions and support more partners in achieving their sustainability goals.”
 
“Adhesive is an important sector that can help reduce emissions and enable a circular economy. Not only are we advancing sustainable packaging on a larger scale, but we are also exploring benefits such as efficiency optimization and energy savings, supporting customers in reducing carbon footprint during production and transportation processes,” said Jayne Wong, global adhesives business director, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics.
 
The signing of the MoU agreement aligns with Dow’s sustainability goals for carbon neutrality by 2050. It supports Want-Want’s sustainability goals to achieve carbon neutrality and adapt recyclable packaging for all products.
 
“In order to tackle climate change and create long-term value, we have an important part to play as one of China’s largest food and beverage companies to establish an environmentally-friendly value chain – that inspires and encourages our consumers to make positive changes for the planet,” said Yongmei Cao, general manager of operations, Want-Want Group. “Solving sustainability challenges is not a one-man nor a one-organization job but also falls on the shoulders of all stakeholders. We are thrilled to advance further in this journey with Dow, and we are also encouraged by the reality that we can offer our customers’ favorite products enveloped by Dow’s sustainable packaging innovation.”

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