Sugi is president director of PT Tirta Marta, a flexible packaging company based in Tangerang, Indonesia, and worked as an engineer at 3M in Minnesota from 1988 until 1994. After ten years of research and development he successfully commercialized two new environmentally-friendly plastic solutions, which he patented as OXIUM and ECOPLAS. In this talk, contrary to conventional wisdom, Sugi implores us not to "say no to plastic" as long as it can be made bio-available. His products already dominate the market in Jakarta and he explains how the humble cassava could provide major benefits for the rest of the world as well.
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