Circularity: Desert or Opportunity?

Read about our CEO’s sharing on how circularity is “tough business”, why the industry is not attracting top talent, and why he has no regrets in embarking on this path.

Sustainability is in a difficult space where you have to make sure [your product or service] is scalable. Sustainability and scalability have an inverse relationship. There have been a lot of sustainability, corporate social responsibility movements, but they are only one-time events because there is no scalable business model.

There are people who want to fund and promote sustainability activities, but there is a big gulf between sustainability and scalability. It really requires commitment to invest in scalability to realise circularity.”

Ng Pei Kang, CEO TRIA

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Pre-A Investments by Glocalink

We are very pleased to announce the investments from Glocalink as part of our Pre-A Series Funding.

Glocalink is an early stage deep tech investment firm with a focus on supporting the Agrifood sector in Southeast Asia region. It is backed by Japanese entrepreneurs with diverse background in biotech (Japanese Bio firm, Euglena), agricultural machinery (Kobashi industries), education, food & technology (Leave a Nest group). (Glocalink website)

“Innovation can’t germinate in isolation. We empower dynamic founders with strategic capital & networks of leading corporations, investors & technologists to build enduring enterprises & partnerships.”

Dr. Yukihiro Maru, co-founder Glocalink

Glocalink has an extensive network in Japan and opens TRIA to strategic partnerships with Japanese Corporations and market. With this synergy, we hope to accelerate the pace of closing the loop with TRIA Bio24.

In photo, (right) Dr. Kihoko Tokue, Managing Director Leave a Nest Singapore Pte. Ltd.; (left) Mr. Ng Pei Kang, CEO TRIA Pte. Ltd.

Eco-Business A-list for Sustainability Leadership

We very proud to share that our CEO Ng Pei Kang made it to the Eco-Business A-list 2020 for Sustainability Leadership. This is a a privilege indeed to be awarded alongside recipients such as David Yeung of Green Monday, Mikkel Larsen of DBS and Dave Ingram of Unilever. This year’s A-list was selected out of almost 100 nominations from countries and territories including Australia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Myanmar.

Thanks to the team at Eco-Business for giving us a voice to drive circularity.
Find out more about the recipients of the 2020 A-List here

Grand winner! ASEAN-Korea Excellent Design Award

As part of the plan to expand on ASEAN-Korea cooperation in the design industry, the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC), Korea Institute for Design Promotion (KIDP) and VIETRADE organized the 1st ASEAN-Korea Excellent Design Exhibition Award. Among entries from the nine ASEAN nations, TRIA took one for Singapore by winning the grand prize! This will be a second award for 4Finger’s new range of packaging. Read more about the design here.

Climate Q&A with CNA 93.8FM

The topic: How do you choose non-plastic options and cultivate your own edible garden? On behalf of TRIA, Jovan was invited to share the importance of circularity and how we can achieve a table-to-farm outcome through Bio24.

Founder Spotlight by Vulcan Post

Thanks for the referral by Enterprise Singapore, our CEO Pei Kang was featured by Vulcan Post in their Founder Spotlight. Watch the feature here as Pei Kang shares the why behind what we do in a conversation with Jared Alex Tan. Link to video at Vulcan Post facebook.

Bio24 Table-to-farm Preview at SWITCH 2019

Today, TRIA showcased a preview of the Bio24 program alongside REAL IMPACT, at Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH). We illustrated how we are able to achieve a “table-to-farm solution” by turning post-consumption waste from restaurants, inclusive of disposable dining foodware and food waste, into nutrient-rich compost within 24 hours in our digestors. No segregation needed ;).

A cross-industry panel was held to discuss how the food service industry can take progressive steps towards zero waste. Invited speakers to the event comprise of Mr Ted Tan, Deputy CEO at Enterprise Singapore, Dr Sandeep Kumar, Co-founder Real Impact, Mr Andrew Chan, Managing Director of Soup Spoon and Mr Emmanual Tay of WMRAS,

SWITCH is the foremost global platform for deep tech ecosystems – where innovators, investors and collaborators connect.

TRIA at Plasticity Bangkok 2019

Earlier this week, TRIA was invited to Plasticity Bangkok as part of the SEA of Solutions as a panel speaker for plastic circularity. This event was co-hosted by UNEP and the Plasticity team. TRIA’s co-founder and CEO, Pei Kang, was speaking alongside thought leaders with Dr. Suracha Udomsak, CTO of Siam Cement Group, Vivekanand Sistla, R&D Director Unilever, Ravish Majithia, Founder of Magnomer, and Pete Ceglinski, CEO of The Seabin Project. More reading available at UNEP’s website (link).

Temasek Poly ACI-ASConference 2019

On Friday, Centre for Urban Sustainability (CUS) of Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Applied Science (ASC) and the American Concrete Institute-Singapore Chapter (ACI-SC) jointly organised a conference with the theme “Sustainability for a Better Tomorrow” where TRIA took part in and also played a practical role in composting the foodware and foodwaste.

The event gathered local and overseas technical experts to discuss development of urban solutions and sustainability to design and build environmentally sustainable and liveable cities; research, innovation and technology to optimize liveable space and built environment to lower energy consumption and carbon footprint; and promoting innovation, sustainability and productivity in concrete technology and applications.

Very pleased to do our part in this conference both in contributing our knowledge and experience while actually practicing what we preach in composting the foodware and foodwaste.

Enterprise Singapore’s visit to TRIA’s Bio24 Digester

TRIA was honoured to host Deputy CEO of Enterprise Singapore, Mr Ted Tan and his delegation to our foodware and food waste Bio24 digestor site. Thankful to be able to contribute to our environment in the area of sustainability and also we appreciate Enterprise Singapore’s interest in us.

Our Bio24 digestor is unique in such a way that it provides a zero waste closed-loop solution which goes from farm to table and back to farm again. We not only “digest” food waste but also do the same to single-use foodware (disposable plates, straws, cutlery… etc) which has become such a huge part of daily lives. Our proprietary digestor takes 24 hours to turn foodware and food waste into fertilizer. We hope that this will be the first step in eliminating plastic based foodware entirely from our ecosystem.

Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development in Singapore. They work with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. As the national standards and accreditation body, they build trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards.