News from Tembo Paper

October 6, 2020

Until recently, around 36.4 billion plastic straws were used per year in the European Union, according to data from Seas At Risk. Fortunately, several countries and areas around the world are starting to wake up to the environmental impact of plastic straws. The islands of Vanuatu and Seychelles were the first co…

September 30, 2020

Restaurants and cafes are cutting down. Cities and countries around the world are banning them outright. And, increasingly, conscientious consumers are demanding change.  We’re heading to 2021 and the crusade against plastic straws is in full swing. Vive la révolution. But what has led us to this point? Why are p…

August 21, 2020

Did you know that 175 billion plastic straws are used in single dose packs? As it is part of our global pollution problem, Tembo wants to end the use of these single use plastics. Therefore we have invested many years in developing paper straw machinery, working closely together with our partners delfort and Henk…

August 11, 2020

Bans, restrictions, and taxes on single-use plastics are coming into force across the globe. Whether action is being taken on a national or regional level, or even by individual businesses, the aim is to bring about a drastic reduction in plastic waste. In achieving this, it’s hoped that we can mitigate plastic p…

August 4, 2020

The tide is now turning against plastic. After high-profile campaigns around ocean litter and carbon emissions, public opinion is changing – and business activities along with it. According to one poll, half of UK consumers said they would be willing to pay more to avoid plastic packaging. Nearly two thirds of sm…

July 27, 2020

In a world that is grappling with the issue of how to reduce the quantity of plastic waste it produces, paper straws have an important role to play. They provide an eco-friendly alternative to the disposable plastic straw, 25.3 billion of which are used in Europe during a single year. Rather than slowly degrading…

July 23, 2020

The war on plastic is prevalent in countries all over the world today. In Europe, findings from the latest Eurobarometer survey on environmental waste found that 87% of Europeans were concerned about the environmental impact of plastic. Some 74% of people surveyed are also worried about the impact of plastics on…

July 20, 2020

The conversation around recycling is becoming progressively urgent and, thankfully, increasingly mainstream. Many more of us are recycling – but there are still blindspots that have serious repercussions for the environment. When you consider that in 2017, plastic straws were the 7th most collected waste item on…

July 13, 2020

Quick summary: Single-use plastics will be outlawed in Greece by July 2021, according to Greek government plans Takeaway coffee cups, cotton buds, and plastic straws all set to be included in the ban Greece hopes to be one of Europe’s first countries to implement the ban, in accordance with the EU directive agai…

July 9, 2020

Although plastic goods became widely available to consumers during the 1950s, it’s only during the last twenty years that we’ve seen the real boom in plastic – and as a result, plastic waste.  In the 1960s less than 1% of our refuse was plastic; by 2005 that had increased to 10% according to one ground-breaking s…