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Stirred But Not Shaken: Tiger Packaging CEO Confronts Plastic`s Image Problem


Peter Horwitz was rather quietly building his Tiger Packaging company when the Plastic Straw Convulsion hit late last year: American consumers rather suddenly were rejecting the idea of plastic straws to sip their Cokes because they were ending up as ocean waste, and plastic straws are a staple provision of Horwitz`s Boca Raton, Florida-based foodservice-supply company.

But Tiger Packaging took the image hit to plastic straws in stride, and Horwitz has continued to promote the availability of more eco-friendly alternatives to full-plastic straws and other forms of packaging. In the meantime, the rapid turn of events has given him new appreciation for how significantly – and abruptly – the changing tides of public opinion can disrupt an entire industry.

[The issue itself isn`t new; our industry is very familiar with recycled and biodegradable products," Horwitz told Chief Executive. [But for 10 or 15 years our primary requestors [for plastic-straw alternatives] were government-based institutions such as school districts and universities" whose public mandate included more earth-friendliness. For private clients, on the other hand, the packaging business is [all price-based."

[Fast forward to last year, and suddenly we had much larger consumer awareness, and this thing just exploded," Horwitz recalled. Paper-straw makers began to drop prices as they scaled up to meet demand – but then booming demand outstripped their capacity. All the players, including Tiger Packaging, have been scrambling to stabilize the supply chain.

While the immediate drinking-straw disruption is still being worked out in the marketplace, Horwitz and other CEOs are trying to differentiate important long-term changes from publicity-driven blips. Among the vagaries are the fact that the overwhelming preponderance of plastic waste in the oceans is generated by Asian, not American or other western, consumers.

Meanwhile, Horwitz has continued to push Tiger Packaging to offer its customers all manner of earth-friendly forms of retail packaging including bags, tape, utensils, cups, cutlery and napkins, as well as straws. One increasingly popular choice is straws and cups made from polylactic acid (PLA), a bioactive thermoplastic derived from renewable resources such as corn starch, cassava root or sugarcane. Standard PLA is bio-based, compostable, transparent and recyclable.

Triple C International (ShenZhen) Co.,Ltd. was established in 2018. It`s a professional foreign trade company engaged in import and export trade, and carries out business operations such as international trade, cooperative production and intermediary trade. The company mainly provides high-quality OEM-product and ODM-product services for customs in Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe and Unite States, and has a professional technical team that provides hundreds of OEM-product services for dozens of customers, and has dozens of excellent suppliers. The company mainly provides Sewing Products, Plastic Products, Paper Products, Wooden Products, Household Products and other OEM services, including handbags, gift boxes, Storage Boxes, stationery boxes, kid toys, Paper Boxes, school supplies, office supplies and other products import and export business.

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