Shifting to Plant-Based Diets: For the Earth and for Us

August 18

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Photostability: Achieving High Performance Sunscreen

August 16

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Industry 5.0: Adding Human Touch to Sustainable Manufacturing

August 8

5min read

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EcoSun Pass®: Let Sunscreen Protect You and the Reef 

August 2

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Barrier Coatings: A Paper Industry’s Breakthrough

July 22

5min read

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Water Quality for Aquaculture Sustainability

July 14

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Insight & News

Sustainable Manufacturing Made Possible

July 8

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Maximizing Indonesia’s Aquaculture Industry

June 27

5min read

Insight & News

Applying Just-in-Time Manufacturing in Food & Beverages Industry

June 8

5min read

Insight & News

Take a Look at How Pancakes Flip the Trend

June 2

5min read

Ideas Insight & News
Shifting to Plant-Based Diets: For the Earth and for Us

Leading a healthy lifestyle is now a priority for many people, especially during the pandemic. One of the most popular ways to do it is by joining the plant-based diet trend.

There are various reasons why consumers prefer to eat plant-based diets, which include health-related motivations. Studies show it may lower risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer.

Aside from that, the diet also supports environmental friendliness. By switching, we can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and land usage, which are some of the big causes of global warming.

The Challenges for the Industry to Fulfill Plant-Based Products Demand

The emerging trend automatically urges industries to tend to the demand of consumers. From 2015 to 2021, the number of products with plant-based claims has skyrocketed by 700%. It is not only applicable to food and beverages, but also beauty and personal care, household, and fashion products.

The potential market for these products is especially big in Asia, with them being the second-largest region for meat alternatives. Therefore, Asia Pacific is projected to have the largest share of the global plant-based market by 2025.

However, product price is still a concern for consumers which puts their shifting to plant-based products to a halt. This puts manufacturers constantly seeking ways to reduce the costs of their products so they can fulfill the markets’ demand at cheaper prices.

The plant-based diet trend will further shape the Food & Beverages Industry. We will likely begin to see products derived from this diet fill many store isles. There are even possibilities that food service restaurants will collaborate with major manufacturers to provide plant-based menus.

Whether consumers are switching their lifestyles for the betterment of their health, environment, or animal, it is our job to be the enabler of their wishes.

Click here to find your plant-based solution with Bahtera.

Photostability: Achieving High Performance Sunscreen

In recent years, ultraviolet-induced skin damage has become one of the top concerns for people. That is why the market demand for high-performing sunscreen products has been non-stop. Both established world and local brands compete to put out their best products on the market to answer the demand.

Get to Know the Trend: Photostable UV Filters

The thing consumers should pay attention to is the photostability of sunscreen UV filters. It means the product should be resistant to change under the influence of UV radiation. Photostability is a key performance indicator of a sun protection product. 

When a sunscreen UV filter is photostable, the product will have no change in performance during application and minimize the generation of side products, including free radicals during irradiation. Meanwhile, photolabile UV filters will provide lower protection and give negative impacts on the formulation stability. It can also result in the shorter shelf life of the product.

Perfecting Your Photostable Sunscreen UV Filters

The ideal sun protection product should protect your skin from both UVB, which is the cause of sunburn, and UVA, the cause of tanning and skin cancer. Hence, it is no surprise that the demand for broad-spectrum UV filters is high.

Making sure that your sunscreen has the broadest UV protection is possible with BASF’s Tinosorb® M, Tinosorb® A2B, and Tinosorb® S Lite Aqua. Each product has photostable UV filter functions and is efficient at low concentrations. It is also free of preservatives and can be processed coldly.

Having a reliable UVA filter that protects the skin from damage, dangerous UVA rays, and free radicals is also a game-changer. BASF’s Uvinul® A Plus can help you achieve all, with added anti-aging benefits. Combining both products is scientifically proven to reduce the lowest free radicals possible, making the most ideal sun protection product.

With the threat of global warming looming in, providing the best sun protection product is the best thing we can do to protect ourselves from harmful UV radiation. Click here to find your solution.

 

Industry 5.0: Adding Human Touch to Sustainable Manufacturing

While digitalization of manufacturing is the focus of Industry 4.0, Industry 5.0 tries to incorporate its opposite. Instead of machination, the goal of Industry 5.0 is to strike a balance between cognitive computing and human intellect. The main components that become the backbones of Industry 5.0 are human-centricity, sustainability, and resilience.

Redefining Humans’ Roles in Manufacturing Digitalization

The shift from Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 started with the realization that technology is unable to totally replace humans. Robots can easily manage repetitive tasks consistently and precisely, but they cannot address intricate issues and solve problems. Meanwhile, the manufacturing industry depends on human intuition in making judgments to ensure a correct system function.

With Industry 5.0, manufacturers are to recognize the importance of people as their most valuable asset. It demands manufacturers to put human needs and interests as part of the production process.

In Industry 5.0, technology is used to tend to human and industry needs. The plan to incorporate powerful machines with the intelligence of expert-trained workers is believed to make manufacturers produce more effectively and sustainably.

Sustainable Manufacturing for A Resilient Industry

Being environmentally conscious is a big challenge, and Industry 5.0 is to take on it. Enforcing the circular processes that demand industries to reduce, reuse, and recycle natural resources is a must. Industries should also begin to reduce energy consumption and shift to using renewable energy.

One of the industries that have started implementing sustainability is Paint and Coating. Previously, they used Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) to solidify the paint and prevent it from spoiling. As recent studies pointed to the health risk and carbon emissions produced by VOC, the industry has started to reduce and eliminate the use of VOC in paint.

The other industry which also got a head-start is Agriculture. Through Smart Farming, farmers can rely on automation to precisely calculate inputs and outlays instead of using manual labor. The smart irrigation system and hydrogen balloons can help farmers reduce costs and application time.

The Personal Care and Aroma industry follows suit with the Skin Minimalism. It alters the consumers approach toward skincare products that results in less packaging waste and opting for multifunctional products. In response, brands and ingredient suppliers are reducing the number of ingredients used in the products.

Moreover, using sustainable energy can strengthen production and supply chain robustness. As a result, industries will be more resilient to disruption and can maintain critical infrastructure during a crisis.

Shifting to Industry 5.0 will not be a short journey. It complements the previous plan of digitalization from Industry 4.0 by adding human touch as well as putting the well-being of humans and the planet at the core of production processes. With proper research and innovation, industries can be flexible and adaptable in facing geopolitical shifts or natural emergencies.

EcoSun Pass®: Let Sunscreen Protect You and the Reef 

The demand for high-quality sunscreen products is only increasing over the past few years. Not only quality consumers have also become more aware of the impact of the products they used on the environment. 

Sunscreen’s Shocking Toxicity on the Ocean 

Of all the cosmetic products, the most favorable product is sunscreen. As ability to protect human skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation makes sunscreen a must-have product, especially for those who rely heavily on outdoor activities. The personal care industry’s growth is determined by several main factors, including the different formulations of their products on the market. 

Studies show that wearing sunscreen can be a double-edged sword for those who enjoy marine activities; beneficial to protect the skin from damage by UV light but harmful to the environment. Corals in the sea can absorb sunscreen from swimmers, resulting in coral bleaching. Furthermore, aerosol sunscreen is even more dangerous, as particles may flake off to the sea. 

Making EcoSun Pass® “The Method” of the Future Personal Care Industry 

Since the increasing awareness regarding sustainability, consumers are demanding the personal care industry find solutions and lessen the impact of the chemicals included in the products. To answer that, BASF’s Care Creations® launched a methodology to evaluate the compatibility of UV filters in sun protection products called EcoSun Pass®. 

EcoSun Pass® lets consumers evaluate sun protection products using a comprehensive environmental evaluation. It includes six cohesive criteria that cover several environmental aspects: water, sediment, and soil. It will further set a new standard for the personal care industry in creating environmentally friendly formulations as it was acknowledged by the Pierre Potier Award in 2021.  

Moreover, it will hold manufacturers accountable for providing better sun protection products. They should be able to protect people, the reef, and the sustainable future. As the road to sustainability is long, each steps matter when building a business based on environmentally-conscious options.

Click here to find your solution.

Barrier Coatings: A Paper Industry’s Breakthrough

Last few years, the world has started paying attention to the effects of heavy plastic wastage on the ocean. It becomes a big challenge for Indonesia, being a country with an annual plastic waste of 6.8 million tonnes. The Indonesian fishing industry is at risk by the rising amount of marine plastic debris. Which will only increase if there are no action.

At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, the Indonesian government is committed to cutting marine plastic waste by 70% in 2025. One of the five action plans consists of substituting plastic products and packaging usage with a greener option.

Unfortunately, plastic is one of the most used materials in food packaging. Manufacturers still consider it as the most cost-effective and functional solution as a barrier to water and oil. 

How Barrier Coatings Strengthen Paper Packaging

Product packaging plays a critical role in increasing sales. It is no longer a material that merely protects the product, but also a tool for manufacturers to communicate to their markets.

Lately, the food and beverages industry is opting for paper-based packaging in lieu of plastic to support the green movement. It can be recycled, manufactured from recycled resources, and composted. However, paper has a porous structure that allows even small molecules to pass through the material easily. To prevent that, the process of making Barrier Coatings are special.

Using Barrier Coatings in food packaging help to keep moisture and oils either inside or out of the packaging. For instance, a paper cup keeps liquid inside, while a cake box prevents oil and moisture from getting inside the box.

Aside from that, Barrier Coatings allows paper packaging to remain stable and does not interfere with the appearance, smell, texture, and taste of the food. It can also extend the product’s shelf life by slowing the influence of decaying elements.

Sustainability is one thing that we cannot compromise for the sake of future generations. So, opting for an environmentally conscious product is always the answer.

Click here to find your solution.

Water Quality for Aquaculture Sustainability

The expectation to annually grown by 8% by the end of 2022 made shrimp farming one of the most important aquaculture sectors in Indonesia. With the promising resources in hand, Bahtera shares the government’s confidence to reach this goal.

Being one of the fisheries sectors that contributed to both foreign exchange earnings and national food security, many lives are dependent on shrimp farming.

Just as most industries, aquaculture is also facing problems concerning resource quality. Especially with the water quality as the heart of the industry that keeps on deteriorating.

How Climate Change Affects Water Quality

The thing that is out of farmers’ control and greatly affecting water quality is climatic conditions. Temperature, rainfall, drought, and salinity concentration may cause disease outbreaks to oxygen deficiency in the water.

Though there are advanced shrimp farms that have used IoT (Internet of Things) to monitor water quality, evenly implementing it in rural areas may be a challenge. Either way, preserving good water quality is a must for the aquaculture industry.

In several areas, shrimp farmers use aquatic plants to shade the ponds, use nets and fences to strengthen the earth’s dike, and apply lime to improve water quality. Though it may be effective, but it only serves as a temporary fix to the problems.

Preserving the Best Water Quality

Sanitizing water means preventing the growth of microorganisms. Having a reliable disinfection agent like Stockmeier’s Peracetic Acid proves to be the best solution to achieve that. It has the effective ability to combat any kind of microorganisms: bacteria, spores, yeasts, molds, and viruses.

Not only lower in costs if compared to other disinfecting methods, but Peracetic Acid is also more ecologically safe. It can also maintain the health of the overall ecosystem due to its ability to decompose to oxygen, acetic acid, and water after use. Hence, there will be only little need to neutralize the treated water entering waterways.

When being sustainable is a choice, choose sustainability for the sake of future generations.

Click here to find your solution.

Sustainable Manufacturing Made Possible

When discussing sustainability, it is no longer limited to one challenge anymore. Instead, sustainability is a systemic approach with differing perspectives. That is why every little helping hand matters in building a sustainable future. The positive attitudes towards sustainability from the majority of people we are seeing nowadays will help.

Defining the Relationship Between Sustainability and Manufacturing

In manufacturing, there are several principles that define sustainability. To name some: reducing material use, energy consumption, emissions, and minimizing unwanted byproducts.

It is especially true for the paint and coating industry as one of the fast-growing industries. The need for its products for both protection and decoration purposes makes the industry stay relevant. Now, it is the matter of shifting the industry to become sustainable that should take into account.

There are 3 deciding factors whether an industry is applying sustainability. The first one is the production process. In the paint and coating industry, pigment dispersion is consuming the most time and energy in sustainable manufacturing. Hence, choosing the right dispersing agent can boost the efficiency of these aspects without compromising the end product.

BASF’s Efka® PX and Dispex® Ultra PX dispersing agents made achieving outstanding color development, viscosity reduction, and stability possible without compromising sustainability. Both polymers is for solvent-based systems and aqueous applications respectively.

Application Towards Sustainability

The second factor is applications. Using water-based paint is considered less sustainable with its nature to have less pigmentation and shorter shelf life due to pigment sedimentation. Using Rheology Modifiers like BASF’s Rheovis® PU and PE can help reduce dripping and spattering during application. Furthermore, it also allows lower usage of paint with equal or increased life spans.

The last deciding factor is end-users. Longlasting colors and well-protected surfaces are two things that consumers of the paint and coating industry are looking for. Achieving that requires film-forming agents to provide dirt pickup resistance and make the surfaces stay in good shape longer.

BASF’s Coalescent Loxanol® CA, Open time prolongers Loxanol® OT, and Plasticizers Lexanol® PL are some film-forming agents suitable for the need. With no mineral oil ingredients and extremely low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) content, they are formulating paints with pro-environmental labeling.

Whatever you need to support sustainable manufacturing, Bahtera might be able to support you.

Click here to find your solution.

Maximizing Indonesia’s Aquaculture Industry

As a maritime country with 5.8 million kilometers square of sea area, Indonesia has a big potential to be a leading aquaculture industry in the world. Bahtera’s Aquaculture Experts shared this vision, especially for shrimp farming, which shares approximately 35% of the aquaculture commodities exports.

Acknowledged as the global third-largest shrimp producer, there is an expected annual growth of 8% by the end of the year for the farmed-shrimp industry. Of course, being number one in the industry is something that the government envisions. To achieve that, shifting to modern technologies such as automatic feeding, aeration, and key performance indicator monitor is important. It is to ensure that the shrimps produced are of the best quality, starting from the initial production to the end product.

A New Challenge for the Aquaculture Industry

In 2022, the Indonesian government plans to build integrated aquaculture farms under the “Aquaculture Village” program. With the main aim to boost production for exports, this program is a part of the economic recovery attempt as well as catering to the global demand. It will further strengthen Indonesia’s food security and create new jobs.

According to Bahtera’s Aquaculture Experts, there are several critical factors in implementing Aquaculture Village: environmental, infrastructure, and human resources. Our experts are optimistic that this long-term visionary program can be sustainable in Indonesia. Especially with the coastline length, electricity as the primary infrastructure, and the coastal human resources Indonesia owns.

One of the most important things our experts highlighted in carrying out sustainable farming is good water quality. To achieve that, a reliable disinfection agent is needed. Stockmeier’s Peracetic Acid is a greener solution to disinfect any kind of aquaculture farm. Using a low concentration of the acid proved effective against all types of microorganisms, even at low temperatures. Moreover, it is scientifically proven to have minimal impact on the environment with its ability to decompose to oxygen after use.

With a great vision, comes great responsibilities. Going for sustainability could both save our earth and our future. Click here to find your solution.

Applying Just-in-Time Manufacturing in Food & Beverages Industry

Originally referring to producing goods to meet the demands of the consumers, “Just-in-Time” (JIT) manufacturing is now producing with minimum waste. “Waste” does not only refer to the excess of the productions. It includes, but is not limited to time, transportation, processing, inventory level, and product defects.

Just-in-Time manufacturing focuses on continuous improvement and eliminating inadequate processes. To do that, every worker has to resolve the problems in the system immediately by identifying them. This will result in reduced flow time and costs.

Things to Prepare Before Applying Just-in-Time

Luckily, this manufacturing system is applicable to the food & beverages industry. However, transforming to this system is not an easy process. Manufacturers have to accurately forecast the demands of the product, use the suitable product and services, and agree upon the right time frame.

Moreover, forecasting allows manufacturers to have more control over cooking batches, ingredients stock, and serving lead time. Implementing this could help manufacturers decrease process duration, which leads to a significant decrement in total production costs.

Using products that can boost the performance of the products is a way to make the overall process handling easier. BASF’s Cegepal® products are perfect to help fulfill a large number of servings within a short timeframe.

The fast and easy solubility of Cegepal® helps you simplify the production of soups, desserts, and many other water-based products. Using Cegepal® allows business owners and manufacturers to provide food & beverages products with less than 1% trans-fat content and more nutritious value.

In the era where sustainability is the key to a better future, industries must focus on finding ways to apply conscious production systems. Find your solution here.

Take a Look at How Pancakes Flip the Trend

Pancake is known as one of the Western breakfast menus with two options of condiment: sweet and savory. Each country has different ways to serve pancakes. Some people have them for breakfast, while the others have them for lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

Serving the Irresistible Yet Healthier Pancakes

One of the latest trending pancake variations is the fluffy Japanese-style souffle pancake. Creating them involves folding a stiffly whisked egg white into the batter to create a thick and cloud-like texture. It comes with a selection of sauce and toppings, ranging from fresh fruits to chewy boba.

The other trending variation is the Baby Dutch pancake, which is baked in the oven instead of the pan. It serves a totally different dining experience from other types of pancakes with its bowl-like shape and crunchy texture. The condiment choice also varies from sweet sauces to savory beef.

However, the consumers’ increasing awareness of the negative effects of saturated and trans fat challenges business owners to serve healthier menu options. Moreover, most consumers are not willing to give up the taste and appearance of their food. Using an alternative product like BASF’s Cegepal® fat powder lets business owners keep the enticing visual of the menu without changing its original taste.

BASF’s Cegepal® simplifies serving a large number of menus, saving business owners time on the overall handling process. Not only that, but it also allows business owners to promote their products with improved nutritional values through its less than 1% of trans and saturated fat content.

Healthier options do not always have to mess up the end-product of your menu. Click here to find your solution.

Shifting to Plant-Based Diets: For the Earth and for Us

Leading a healthy lifestyle is now a priority for many people, especially during the pandemic. One of the most popular ways to do it is by joining the plant-based diet trend.

There are various reasons why consumers prefer to eat plant-based diets, which include health-related motivations. Studies show it may lower risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and even cancer.

Aside from that, the diet also supports environmental friendliness. By switching, we can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and land usage, which are some of the big causes of global warming.

The Challenges for the Industry to Fulfill Plant-Based Products Demand

The emerging trend automatically urges industries to tend to the demand of consumers. From 2015 to 2021, the number of products with plant-based claims has skyrocketed by 700%. It is not only applicable to food and beverages, but also beauty and personal care, household, and fashion products.

The potential market for these products is especially big in Asia, with them being the second-largest region for meat alternatives. Therefore, Asia Pacific is projected to have the largest share of the global plant-based market by 2025.

However, product price is still a concern for consumers which puts their shifting to plant-based products to a halt. This puts manufacturers constantly seeking ways to reduce the costs of their products so they can fulfill the markets’ demand at cheaper prices.

The plant-based diet trend will further shape the Food & Beverages Industry. We will likely begin to see products derived from this diet fill many store isles. There are even possibilities that food service restaurants will collaborate with major manufacturers to provide plant-based menus.

Whether consumers are switching their lifestyles for the betterment of their health, environment, or animal, it is our job to be the enabler of their wishes.

Click here to find your plant-based solution with Bahtera.

Photostability: Achieving High Performance Sunscreen

In recent years, ultraviolet-induced skin damage has become one of the top concerns for people. That is why the market demand for high-performing sunscreen products has been non-stop. Both established world and local brands compete to put out their best products on the market to answer the demand.

Get to Know the Trend: Photostable UV Filters

The thing consumers should pay attention to is the photostability of sunscreen UV filters. It means the product should be resistant to change under the influence of UV radiation. Photostability is a key performance indicator of a sun protection product. 

When a sunscreen UV filter is photostable, the product will have no change in performance during application and minimize the generation of side products, including free radicals during irradiation. Meanwhile, photolabile UV filters will provide lower protection and give negative impacts on the formulation stability. It can also result in the shorter shelf life of the product.

Perfecting Your Photostable Sunscreen UV Filters

The ideal sun protection product should protect your skin from both UVB, which is the cause of sunburn, and UVA, the cause of tanning and skin cancer. Hence, it is no surprise that the demand for broad-spectrum UV filters is high.

Making sure that your sunscreen has the broadest UV protection is possible with BASF’s Tinosorb® M, Tinosorb® A2B, and Tinosorb® S Lite Aqua. Each product has photostable UV filter functions and is efficient at low concentrations. It is also free of preservatives and can be processed coldly.

Having a reliable UVA filter that protects the skin from damage, dangerous UVA rays, and free radicals is also a game-changer. BASF’s Uvinul® A Plus can help you achieve all, with added anti-aging benefits. Combining both products is scientifically proven to reduce the lowest free radicals possible, making the most ideal sun protection product.

With the threat of global warming looming in, providing the best sun protection product is the best thing we can do to protect ourselves from harmful UV radiation. Click here to find your solution.

 

Industry 5.0: Adding Human Touch to Sustainable Manufacturing

While digitalization of manufacturing is the focus of Industry 4.0, Industry 5.0 tries to incorporate its opposite. Instead of machination, the goal of Industry 5.0 is to strike a balance between cognitive computing and human intellect. The main components that become the backbones of Industry 5.0 are human-centricity, sustainability, and resilience.

Redefining Humans’ Roles in Manufacturing Digitalization

The shift from Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 started with the realization that technology is unable to totally replace humans. Robots can easily manage repetitive tasks consistently and precisely, but they cannot address intricate issues and solve problems. Meanwhile, the manufacturing industry depends on human intuition in making judgments to ensure a correct system function.

With Industry 5.0, manufacturers are to recognize the importance of people as their most valuable asset. It demands manufacturers to put human needs and interests as part of the production process.

In Industry 5.0, technology is used to tend to human and industry needs. The plan to incorporate powerful machines with the intelligence of expert-trained workers is believed to make manufacturers produce more effectively and sustainably.

Sustainable Manufacturing for A Resilient Industry

Being environmentally conscious is a big challenge, and Industry 5.0 is to take on it. Enforcing the circular processes that demand industries to reduce, reuse, and recycle natural resources is a must. Industries should also begin to reduce energy consumption and shift to using renewable energy.

One of the industries that have started implementing sustainability is Paint and Coating. Previously, they used Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) to solidify the paint and prevent it from spoiling. As recent studies pointed to the health risk and carbon emissions produced by VOC, the industry has started to reduce and eliminate the use of VOC in paint.

The other industry which also got a head-start is Agriculture. Through Smart Farming, farmers can rely on automation to precisely calculate inputs and outlays instead of using manual labor. The smart irrigation system and hydrogen balloons can help farmers reduce costs and application time.

The Personal Care and Aroma industry follows suit with the Skin Minimalism. It alters the consumers approach toward skincare products that results in less packaging waste and opting for multifunctional products. In response, brands and ingredient suppliers are reducing the number of ingredients used in the products.

Moreover, using sustainable energy can strengthen production and supply chain robustness. As a result, industries will be more resilient to disruption and can maintain critical infrastructure during a crisis.

Shifting to Industry 5.0 will not be a short journey. It complements the previous plan of digitalization from Industry 4.0 by adding human touch as well as putting the well-being of humans and the planet at the core of production processes. With proper research and innovation, industries can be flexible and adaptable in facing geopolitical shifts or natural emergencies.

EcoSun Pass®: Let Sunscreen Protect You and the Reef 

The demand for high-quality sunscreen products is only increasing over the past few years. Not only quality consumers have also become more aware of the impact of the products they used on the environment. 

Sunscreen’s Shocking Toxicity on the Ocean 

Of all the cosmetic products, the most favorable product is sunscreen. As ability to protect human skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation makes sunscreen a must-have product, especially for those who rely heavily on outdoor activities. The personal care industry’s growth is determined by several main factors, including the different formulations of their products on the market. 

Studies show that wearing sunscreen can be a double-edged sword for those who enjoy marine activities; beneficial to protect the skin from damage by UV light but harmful to the environment. Corals in the sea can absorb sunscreen from swimmers, resulting in coral bleaching. Furthermore, aerosol sunscreen is even more dangerous, as particles may flake off to the sea. 

Making EcoSun Pass® “The Method” of the Future Personal Care Industry 

Since the increasing awareness regarding sustainability, consumers are demanding the personal care industry find solutions and lessen the impact of the chemicals included in the products. To answer that, BASF’s Care Creations® launched a methodology to evaluate the compatibility of UV filters in sun protection products called EcoSun Pass®. 

EcoSun Pass® lets consumers evaluate sun protection products using a comprehensive environmental evaluation. It includes six cohesive criteria that cover several environmental aspects: water, sediment, and soil. It will further set a new standard for the personal care industry in creating environmentally friendly formulations as it was acknowledged by the Pierre Potier Award in 2021.  

Moreover, it will hold manufacturers accountable for providing better sun protection products. They should be able to protect people, the reef, and the sustainable future. As the road to sustainability is long, each steps matter when building a business based on environmentally-conscious options.

Click here to find your solution.

Barrier Coatings: A Paper Industry’s Breakthrough

Last few years, the world has started paying attention to the effects of heavy plastic wastage on the ocean. It becomes a big challenge for Indonesia, being a country with an annual plastic waste of 6.8 million tonnes. The Indonesian fishing industry is at risk by the rising amount of marine plastic debris. Which will only increase if there are no action.

At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, the Indonesian government is committed to cutting marine plastic waste by 70% in 2025. One of the five action plans consists of substituting plastic products and packaging usage with a greener option.

Unfortunately, plastic is one of the most used materials in food packaging. Manufacturers still consider it as the most cost-effective and functional solution as a barrier to water and oil. 

How Barrier Coatings Strengthen Paper Packaging

Product packaging plays a critical role in increasing sales. It is no longer a material that merely protects the product, but also a tool for manufacturers to communicate to their markets.

Lately, the food and beverages industry is opting for paper-based packaging in lieu of plastic to support the green movement. It can be recycled, manufactured from recycled resources, and composted. However, paper has a porous structure that allows even small molecules to pass through the material easily. To prevent that, the process of making Barrier Coatings are special.

Using Barrier Coatings in food packaging help to keep moisture and oils either inside or out of the packaging. For instance, a paper cup keeps liquid inside, while a cake box prevents oil and moisture from getting inside the box.

Aside from that, Barrier Coatings allows paper packaging to remain stable and does not interfere with the appearance, smell, texture, and taste of the food. It can also extend the product’s shelf life by slowing the influence of decaying elements.

Sustainability is one thing that we cannot compromise for the sake of future generations. So, opting for an environmentally conscious product is always the answer.

Click here to find your solution.

Water Quality for Aquaculture Sustainability

The expectation to annually grown by 8% by the end of 2022 made shrimp farming one of the most important aquaculture sectors in Indonesia. With the promising resources in hand, Bahtera shares the government’s confidence to reach this goal.

Being one of the fisheries sectors that contributed to both foreign exchange earnings and national food security, many lives are dependent on shrimp farming.

Just as most industries, aquaculture is also facing problems concerning resource quality. Especially with the water quality as the heart of the industry that keeps on deteriorating.

How Climate Change Affects Water Quality

The thing that is out of farmers’ control and greatly affecting water quality is climatic conditions. Temperature, rainfall, drought, and salinity concentration may cause disease outbreaks to oxygen deficiency in the water.

Though there are advanced shrimp farms that have used IoT (Internet of Things) to monitor water quality, evenly implementing it in rural areas may be a challenge. Either way, preserving good water quality is a must for the aquaculture industry.

In several areas, shrimp farmers use aquatic plants to shade the ponds, use nets and fences to strengthen the earth’s dike, and apply lime to improve water quality. Though it may be effective, but it only serves as a temporary fix to the problems.

Preserving the Best Water Quality

Sanitizing water means preventing the growth of microorganisms. Having a reliable disinfection agent like Stockmeier’s Peracetic Acid proves to be the best solution to achieve that. It has the effective ability to combat any kind of microorganisms: bacteria, spores, yeasts, molds, and viruses.

Not only lower in costs if compared to other disinfecting methods, but Peracetic Acid is also more ecologically safe. It can also maintain the health of the overall ecosystem due to its ability to decompose to oxygen, acetic acid, and water after use. Hence, there will be only little need to neutralize the treated water entering waterways.

When being sustainable is a choice, choose sustainability for the sake of future generations.

Click here to find your solution.

Sustainable Manufacturing Made Possible

When discussing sustainability, it is no longer limited to one challenge anymore. Instead, sustainability is a systemic approach with differing perspectives. That is why every little helping hand matters in building a sustainable future. The positive attitudes towards sustainability from the majority of people we are seeing nowadays will help.

Defining the Relationship Between Sustainability and Manufacturing

In manufacturing, there are several principles that define sustainability. To name some: reducing material use, energy consumption, emissions, and minimizing unwanted byproducts.

It is especially true for the paint and coating industry as one of the fast-growing industries. The need for its products for both protection and decoration purposes makes the industry stay relevant. Now, it is the matter of shifting the industry to become sustainable that should take into account.

There are 3 deciding factors whether an industry is applying sustainability. The first one is the production process. In the paint and coating industry, pigment dispersion is consuming the most time and energy in sustainable manufacturing. Hence, choosing the right dispersing agent can boost the efficiency of these aspects without compromising the end product.

BASF’s Efka® PX and Dispex® Ultra PX dispersing agents made achieving outstanding color development, viscosity reduction, and stability possible without compromising sustainability. Both polymers is for solvent-based systems and aqueous applications respectively.

Application Towards Sustainability

The second factor is applications. Using water-based paint is considered less sustainable with its nature to have less pigmentation and shorter shelf life due to pigment sedimentation. Using Rheology Modifiers like BASF’s Rheovis® PU and PE can help reduce dripping and spattering during application. Furthermore, it also allows lower usage of paint with equal or increased life spans.

The last deciding factor is end-users. Longlasting colors and well-protected surfaces are two things that consumers of the paint and coating industry are looking for. Achieving that requires film-forming agents to provide dirt pickup resistance and make the surfaces stay in good shape longer.

BASF’s Coalescent Loxanol® CA, Open time prolongers Loxanol® OT, and Plasticizers Lexanol® PL are some film-forming agents suitable for the need. With no mineral oil ingredients and extremely low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) content, they are formulating paints with pro-environmental labeling.

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Maximizing Indonesia’s Aquaculture Industry

As a maritime country with 5.8 million kilometers square of sea area, Indonesia has a big potential to be a leading aquaculture industry in the world. Bahtera’s Aquaculture Experts shared this vision, especially for shrimp farming, which shares approximately 35% of the aquaculture commodities exports.

Acknowledged as the global third-largest shrimp producer, there is an expected annual growth of 8% by the end of the year for the farmed-shrimp industry. Of course, being number one in the industry is something that the government envisions. To achieve that, shifting to modern technologies such as automatic feeding, aeration, and key performance indicator monitor is important. It is to ensure that the shrimps produced are of the best quality, starting from the initial production to the end product.

A New Challenge for the Aquaculture Industry

In 2022, the Indonesian government plans to build integrated aquaculture farms under the “Aquaculture Village” program. With the main aim to boost production for exports, this program is a part of the economic recovery attempt as well as catering to the global demand. It will further strengthen Indonesia’s food security and create new jobs.

According to Bahtera’s Aquaculture Experts, there are several critical factors in implementing Aquaculture Village: environmental, infrastructure, and human resources. Our experts are optimistic that this long-term visionary program can be sustainable in Indonesia. Especially with the coastline length, electricity as the primary infrastructure, and the coastal human resources Indonesia owns.

One of the most important things our experts highlighted in carrying out sustainable farming is good water quality. To achieve that, a reliable disinfection agent is needed. Stockmeier’s Peracetic Acid is a greener solution to disinfect any kind of aquaculture farm. Using a low concentration of the acid proved effective against all types of microorganisms, even at low temperatures. Moreover, it is scientifically proven to have minimal impact on the environment with its ability to decompose to oxygen after use.

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Applying Just-in-Time Manufacturing in Food & Beverages Industry

Originally referring to producing goods to meet the demands of the consumers, “Just-in-Time” (JIT) manufacturing is now producing with minimum waste. “Waste” does not only refer to the excess of the productions. It includes, but is not limited to time, transportation, processing, inventory level, and product defects.

Just-in-Time manufacturing focuses on continuous improvement and eliminating inadequate processes. To do that, every worker has to resolve the problems in the system immediately by identifying them. This will result in reduced flow time and costs.

Things to Prepare Before Applying Just-in-Time

Luckily, this manufacturing system is applicable to the food & beverages industry. However, transforming to this system is not an easy process. Manufacturers have to accurately forecast the demands of the product, use the suitable product and services, and agree upon the right time frame.

Moreover, forecasting allows manufacturers to have more control over cooking batches, ingredients stock, and serving lead time. Implementing this could help manufacturers decrease process duration, which leads to a significant decrement in total production costs.

Using products that can boost the performance of the products is a way to make the overall process handling easier. BASF’s Cegepal® products are perfect to help fulfill a large number of servings within a short timeframe.

The fast and easy solubility of Cegepal® helps you simplify the production of soups, desserts, and many other water-based products. Using Cegepal® allows business owners and manufacturers to provide food & beverages products with less than 1% trans-fat content and more nutritious value.

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Take a Look at How Pancakes Flip the Trend

Pancake is known as one of the Western breakfast menus with two options of condiment: sweet and savory. Each country has different ways to serve pancakes. Some people have them for breakfast, while the others have them for lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

Serving the Irresistible Yet Healthier Pancakes

One of the latest trending pancake variations is the fluffy Japanese-style souffle pancake. Creating them involves folding a stiffly whisked egg white into the batter to create a thick and cloud-like texture. It comes with a selection of sauce and toppings, ranging from fresh fruits to chewy boba.

The other trending variation is the Baby Dutch pancake, which is baked in the oven instead of the pan. It serves a totally different dining experience from other types of pancakes with its bowl-like shape and crunchy texture. The condiment choice also varies from sweet sauces to savory beef.

However, the consumers’ increasing awareness of the negative effects of saturated and trans fat challenges business owners to serve healthier menu options. Moreover, most consumers are not willing to give up the taste and appearance of their food. Using an alternative product like BASF’s Cegepal® fat powder lets business owners keep the enticing visual of the menu without changing its original taste.

BASF’s Cegepal® simplifies serving a large number of menus, saving business owners time on the overall handling process. Not only that, but it also allows business owners to promote their products with improved nutritional values through its less than 1% of trans and saturated fat content.

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