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We had the opportunity to interview for our last article before our summer break a very promising Japanese company, Limex, trying to help protect the environment while supplying our daily needs. Let’s see how it works !
Ramen-toi : Could you introduce the company to our readers ?
Limex : We can contribute to the circular economy with Limex . Limex is a revolutionary new material made out of limestone, a natural resource which is abundant all over the world. Limex is an alternative to paper and plastic. As a paper alternative, Limex sheet requires no trees and almost no water to be produced.
As a plastic alternative, Limex drastically reduces the reliance on petroleum as a raw material. To produce 1 ton of conventional paper requires 20 trees and 100 tonnes of water*. For 1 ton of Limex sheet, just 0.6 – 0.8 tonnes of limestone and 0.2 – 0.4 tonnes of polyolefin are used. Limex sheets used as an alternative to paper can be ‘upcycled’ to plastic alternatives. In the near future, We targets to replace polyolefin with biodegradable materials.
Limex is a solution that saves natural resources, solving micro-plastic issues and helping economic growth and employment. Limex can be made with locally sourced limestone and local facilities and can supplied to and ‘upcycled’ to local markets. In the case of single use applications or areas without recycling infrastructure, biodegradable Limex can be used so there is no harm to the environment when it is disposed.
Using almost no water and no trees, LIMEX production facilities can be located anywhere and can contribute to developing new industry and employment in countries such as Africa and Middle.
Ramen-toi : How did you come up with this project ?
It was Nobuyoshi Yamasaki, our CEO, who started to import stone paper made in Taiwan.
Ramen-toi : What was the most difficult part to launch it?
For us it was cash management to build the first factory to manufacture Limex. And research and development.
Ramen-toi : Where are your customers from?
As of today, our customers are from Japan and EU. We are now conducting a feasibility study to manufacture Limex products in Saudi Arabia.
Ramen-toi : Could you describe us the process of transforming stones into paper?
Ramen-toi : How do you see the future for the company ?
We will contribute to sustainable society around the world.
EU Committee and other countries aim to achieve the society where plastic package will no longer be used and people recycle all of the plastics. We see there’s a growing demand for LIMEX. We will propose upcycling of LIMEX in countries with recycling infrastructure. In countries where the recycling infrastructure is not yet developed or for single use applications, we will introduce biodegradable LIMEX.
Ramen-toi : Any tips about traveling in Japan ?
We recommend the ramen（Japanese noodles, when you come to Tokyo you can try it out 1For example : https://www.tripadvisor.jp/Restaurant_Review-g1066456-d8630486-Reviews-Samurai_Shibuya-Shibuya_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html?m=19905
Thanks a lot Limex 🙂
For more information on Limex : https://tb-m.com/en/company/story/story1/