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Miklos Tomka identifies the downside of paper straws, which may lead to the bigger question: do we need them? 

We at Matrix Pack are talking to many companies about paper straws. In those discussions we often talk about how paper straws are made and what raw materials are used. (The key raw materials of course are paper and special adhesives). In that context, I often get the question: “Like many other companies, Matrix Pack is using recycled paper to make straws, right? It is better for us, right?”.

This question alarms me as most people only think of recycled paper as the sustainable solution and do not consider that using recycled paper as a straw in our drink is very dangerous for our health as recycled paper contains cancer-causing materials. Dangerous heavy metals, fluorides, etc. are present in the original paper which are not only harmful to our health, but they are also not compliant with Food Contact legislations. These substances cannot be removed during the recycling process and also may accumulate, leading to high concentration levels.

Matrix Pack is in strict compliance with the “Charter of Trust for Paper Drinking Straws” (https://www.qualitystraws.eu/en/) which clearly states that safe paper drinking straws should be manufactured using paper exclusively made from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified non-recycled fibers. We will never put profits ahead of safety.

Fortunately, there are many companies who share our vision – safety first, profits second. But unfortunately, independent blind product tests prove it again and again that there are also many companies where profits are first (as recycled paper is much cheaper) and safety comes second.

What about you? Are you certain that your straw supplier is using only paper manufactured with FSC certified non-recycled fibers? Can you risk it, not to be sure?

 

Read the article, Paper straws are good for the environment – but are they also safe for you? Not all are!, on LinkedIn. 

Miklos Tomka offers a brief view on his experience when trying to hire a service provider or supplier during the pandemic.

Hello all, I have had the same perplexing experience now several times. I am contacting a supplier as I would like to buy their product. I am contacting a service provider as I would like to use their services. Or I am contacting a company as I would like to send customers to them (most recently, I wanted to send several smaller customers interested in our drinking straws to distributors – as their order quantity is too small for our minimum order size).

And the reply I got every single time – is exactly zero. Nothing. No interest in new revenues (which is exactly what I propose – no hidden agenda). And the companies I have contacted do exist – they serve existing customers, pick up the phone etc. Just their sales function seems to be dead…

I thought businesses (or at least many of them) are struggling and are anxious to grow sales. Maybe there is a different segment that has so much demand that new sales are not needed at this time?

Have you had the same experience – companies not interested at all in new business? Is everybody maybe running at full capacity and so does not want to grow more? I would be interested in hearing from others – is this just me, or is this quite common these days? And if quite common – is this maybe a Covid impact: businesses do not really care at this time about increasing revenues / profits?

Read the full article, Are companies not interested in generating revenue growth anymore – as a result of Covid?,  on LinkedIn.

 

Miklos Tomka illuminates the importance of doing what you can to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Coronavirus is spreading fast and has spread inside of hospitals in China, exposing hospital staff. Various places are a source for spreading infections, light switches that everyone touches, is clearly one of these.

Ubiquilux has developed a product to reduce the risk of infections spreading in hospitals: a gesture controlled light switch. A light switch which does not react to random motions like motion sensing switches do (it reacts only to specific on/off/dim gestures) – the first true replacement of any switch. No one has to touch the light switch anymore

An independent, expert lead clinical study confirms that the new (patented) gesture-controlled technology from Ubiquilux is reducing bacterial load on the surface of a light switch (the light switch is a widely documented contributor of infection transmission).

 

Read the full article, Are you doing everything to protect yourself, your colleagues and your patients from the Coronavirus?, on LinkedIn.