Press Release

An Eco-friendly future for local businesses

05/06/2018

In light of the World Environment Day and the recent decision to ban plastic bags throughout Papua New Guinea within the next 12 months, a local business has taken the initiative to begin practicing eco-friendly methods by moving away from plastic bags.

In light of the World Environment Day and the recent decision to ban plastic bags throughout Papua New Guinea within the next 12 months, a local business has taken the initiative to begin practicing eco-friendly methods by moving away from plastic bags.

Dodom Investments Limited sell authentic artefacts from the Trobriand Islands, and have recently decided to reduce their use of plastic bags by creating their own eco-friendly fabric bags made from material sourced locally.

Managing Director John D’Siguria said that the eco-friendly bags were a great way for their business to reduce plastic bag wastage, while also promoting Papua New Guinean designs.

“In line with the government’s policy to do away with plastic bags, we thought it would be appropriate for a small company such as ours, to contribute in a small way by supporting that initiative.

“Instead of using plastic, we wrap the artefacts in paper and give it to the customer in these fabric bags, which is a lot more environmentally friendly than plastic bags,” said D’Siguria.

Each unique bag is sewn and measured to fit the size specifications of their artefacts.

D’Siguria also mentioned that the idea to produce the bags came about when “we felt that the products should be more presentable once purchased, so having these bags allows for that”

At a reasonably small increase in cost compared to the cost of a plastic bag, the business has reduced their environmental footprint and paved the way for a more environmentally friendly future.

Dodom Investments Ltd have been operating since 2014, when they registered their business with the Investment Promotion Authority and Internal Revenue Commission. Their artefacts are bought in bulk from the Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay Province, and flown over to Port Moresby by air.

The enterprise has been exhibiting their products throughout the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings held in Port Moresby.

D’Siguria went on to explain that “we also want to continue doing this after the APEC meetings, and it will be ongoing as part of our business”

For enquiries into Dodom Investments Ltd, contact John D’Siguria on +675 7348 1481.

For more information on MSMEs, please contact the APEC Coordination Authority MSME Team at msmeexpo@apec2018png.org