Seagate goes green with tiffin carriers

Posted on January 20, 2011. Filed under: Waste |


The Penang Seagate employees putting the tiffin carriers to good use. — Picture by Ramdzan Masiam

The Penang Seagate employees putting the tiffin carriers to good use. — Picture by Ramdzan Masiam

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Seagate has come out with a unique yet effective way of supporting the state government’s “No Plastic” campaign in an effort to create a cleaner, greener Penang.

The factory will be distributing more than 3,300 tiffin carriers to its employees to encourage them to avoid using plastic bags, even when packing food from its canteen.

Its vice-president Oh Kean Cheong said the company’s cafeteria had even stopped providing plastic bags for the whole of last year.
“We started enforcing the rule since Jan 1 last year to encourage our employees to be environment friendly. Initially, it was not easy to make them adapt to this ‘No Plastic’ idea,” he said during the launch of the Penang Seagate Going Green campaign by state local government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow.

The campaign is part of the factory’s ongoing environment-related activities.

Among them were the “A Morning with the Penang Island Municipal Council” (MPPP), food composting with MPPP, eco-driving with Shell Malaysia, environmental workshop with the local dailies, Earth Day tree planting and an ongoing recycling campaign.
“Penang Seagate has been ‘thinking green’ from all aspects to help reduce carbon footprint,” said Oh.

“We are not only encourage our employees to be environment friendly but the company also adopts green ideas in its operations, from product design to manufacturing.”

Seagate develops energy-efficient storage devices, storage solutions using recyclable parts and uses recycled packaging materials.
The company was recently ranked 170th of the top 500 United States companies in Newsweek magazine’s Green Ranking based on environmental performance, policies and reputation.

At the launch, Penang Seagate also presented a mock cheque of RM3,000 to Charis Hospice, an amount raised through its recycling campaign during festive seasons.

The factory’s employees had brought recyclable materials during their year-end spring cleaning and the company matched the money raised through the sale of these materials ringgit-for-ringgit.

“This was a meaningful programme as not only did we turn waste into wealth but also managed to help for a good cause.”

Charis Hospice is a non-profit organisation offering free palliative care to cancer patients.

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