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Kun Huang rewarded for recycling strategy

Reporting on an accolade presented to a Taiwanese company in recognition of its environmental work.

Kun Huang Enterprise Co Ltd has long been committed to the concepts of recycling and reducing waste discharge, as well as the business tenets of diversification and internationalisation. After multiple evaluations, it was awarded Recycling Group excellent one-star rating by the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

The company was founded in 1962 by Mr Zhang Kunyong and, in 1980, obtained patents in more than 20 countries. One of the products developed by Kun Huang was ‘POLIYOU’, for which it received relevant trademark registrations in over 40 foreign markets.

Zero waste target

According to Kun Huang, POLIYOU is more than a simple polymerisation, as it is said to also have long-term anti-fungus, anti-bacterial, moisture-wicking, deodorising, breathable, shock-absorbing and rebounding properties.

In 2017, due to an increasing level of factory waste, the company utilised a professional PU foaming technology to successfully develop ‘PURECYCLE’ products, which are marketed as using collected leftovers containing fabric, while adding 98 per cent of recycled materials, resulting in a ‘zero waste’ target. Three years later, GRS 4.0 certification was obtained, which was renewed in 2022 through the guidance of Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), to complete the carbon footprint verification.

One of the claims made for POLIYOU includes that it is a very low carbon footprint product, being only 23.5 per cent of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and 6 per cent of electrostatic discharge (ESD) polyurethane (PU) sponge.

Kun Huang is engaged in the continuous development of ‘green products’, infinite recycling, the selection of low-toxicity, low-polluting materials, the recycling of renewable raw materials and the reduction of business waste.

The company’s own research and development team reportedly works closely with R&D departments of major footwear manufacturers, as well as cutting-edge designers, to turn ideas into good products prior to mass production commencing.

The photograph above shows Kun Huang Enterprise chairman Chris Chang (right) receiving the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration’s Recycling Group excellent one-star rating award from EPA deputy director, Cai Hongde.

Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 32 of the November 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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