mizani Co., Ltd.
MIZANI, which develops clothes using Japanese paper materials, has collaborated with UCC Ueshima Coffee. Started a business that reuses hemp bags, which are partially scheduled to be discarded, as a substitute for bedding.
Effective utilization of resources while contributing to CO2 reduction through secondary use of used jute bags.
MIZANI, which operates apparel brands such as OneLuck that uses Japanese paper materials, has collaborated with UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd. to use used jute bags as a substitute for field straw and as multi-sheets for secondary use. started efforts to do so. It is a new secondary use method for hemp bags and a sustainable initiative that can reduce CO2 emissions from incineration.
Used as a substitute for multi-sheets (in small-scale demonstration experiments) MIZANI Co., Ltd. (Representative: Kosaku Sano, Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) is collaborating with UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd. (Representative: Fumihiko Asada, Headquarters: Kobe-shi, Hyogo) to turn hemp bags containing coffee beans into field materials. We started working on secondary use to use as. In this project, MIZANI purchases some hemp bags that are scheduled to be discarded and delivers them to farmers, gardeners, home gardeners, and others who need them. From 2021, we conducted a small-scale demonstration experiment in Sakurajima, Kagoshima Prefecture, and confirmed that it can be used as a substitute for mulch film for the purpose of controlling soil temperature and suppressing weeds.
In this project, which started in September 2022, a medium-scale demonstration experiment was conducted at Moroki Farm, which has acquired organic JAS certification in Kagoshima Prefecture, with the introduction of Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, a local government famous for its SDGs initiatives. Starting. In the future, we plan to acquire JAS certification for hemp bags, and we are considering using hemp bags for organic farmers in the Kanto region, such as Yamanashi and Tochigi prefectures.
In addition to mulch sheets whose main role is to regulate soil temperature, suppress weeds, and maintain the shape of ridges, it can also be used as a supplementary material for crops and as a substitute for bed straw, expanding the possibilities of jute bags. .
Used as a reinforcing material for papaya (at Moroki Farm)
■ Environmental load can be reduced by using hemp bags that decompose soil Commonly used mulching materials are those made of inexpensive vinyl or plastic film. Since it is made of vinyl, it is impermeable to water and it is difficult for weeds to grow, so it is commonly used. In addition, incineration generates harmful gases such as hydrogen chloride gas, which is a cause of environmental burden. Currently, it must be collected as industrial waste or recycled, which is
time-consuming and costly.
On the other hand, jute sacks are made of natural materials, so they have the property of decomposing in the soil. It can be used as a material with low environmental load because it is expected to have additional fertilizing effects when mixed with the soil.
■ CO2 emissions can be reduced by using hemp bags for secondary purposes The amount of coffee beans imported into Japan is said to be about 390,000 tons (according to the 2020 All Japan Coffee Association’s “Trends in Japanese Coffee Imports”), and it is estimated that 6 million jute bags enter Japan in one year. Become. (Calculate the capacity of one hemp bag with 65 kg)
If hemp sacks can be used as field materials, they will be incinerated as general waste, and it will be possible to reduce the CO2 generated at that time, contributing to zero emissions.
In addition, since the hemp bag itself is easy to process, it can also be used as a home vegetable garden according to the size of your field.
■ Used as materials for organic farmers. Expected demand for organic farming methods recommended by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has set a goal of raising the domestic organic farming area to 25% by 2050, and expectations for organic farming are increasing as a country. Organic JAS mark is certified for food that meets international standards, even in organic farming, which is based on not relying on chemical substances such as pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Among the standards, there are strict conditions such as growing crops without using chemical substances, even materials other than seeds and soil.
We will continue to acquire JAS certification for hemp bags, but the possibilities for used hemp bags are expanding, such as using them as a reinforcing material for stems and branches in addition to being used as a substitute for bedding (see the diagram above).
State at the time of shipment from the UCC Rokko Island factory -Company Profile-
*For inquiries regarding this matter, please contact MIZANI Co., Ltd. (email@example.com).
■ UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., Ltd. (UCC Ueshima Coffee)
Location: 7-7-7 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture Representative Director Fumihiko Asada
Business Description: Import, processing, and sales of coffee, tea, and cocoa. Manufacture and sale of beverages such as canned coffee. Purchase and sale of various foodstuffs.
■ Moroki Farm (Moroki Nouen)
Location: 262-1 Masumaru, Osaki-cho, Soo-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture Representative Daichi Moroki
Business description: Organic cultivation, processing, sales, and Fukuno. ■MIZANI Co., Ltd.
Location: 2-16-9-602 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Kosaku Sano, Representative Director and President
Business Description: Operation of the clothing brand OneLuck using Japanese paper materials, interview planning, and apparel OEM. [Image 4
-About MIZANI Co., Ltd.-
Developing business centered on apparel OEM business. Since 2017, he has been developing the clothing brand OneLuck, which uses Japanese paper materials that are gentle on the skin and the environment. Based on her own experience, she is currently disseminating an interview project in which she talks about childbirth and childcare to various people.
A brand launched in 2017 by the eldest son who had a child and was suffering from skin problems. In search of a material that is gentle on the skin, while examining various materials at inspection institutions, he encountered washi material and developed the fabric. After two and a half years of development, OneLuck was launched through crowdfunding in 2017.
The Japanese paper material used by OneLuck uses materials certified by the international safety standard for textiles “Ecotech Standard 100 Class 1 (* 1)”. In terms of functionality, it has bacteriostasis, water absorption, and deodorizing properties, and since the fiber itself has little fluffing, it does not easily generate static electricity, making it a material that is gentle on people with skin problems and babies with sensitive skin. In addition, the Japanese paper material used has the characteristic of decomposing in 3-4 months when buried in the soil, so it is an environmentally friendly material.
Company HP: https://mizani.jp/
One Luck: https://oneluck-mizani.com/
Interview planning: https://mizani.jp/news/?category_id=6
*1 Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1: certification of the world’s highest level of safe products that target more than 350 types of hazardous substances, certification of sustainable factories that take into account the burden on the people involved in production and the environment, etc. It is a proof of the world-class safety in the textile business. Classes are divided into classes from I to IV depending on the product, among which class I has the highest standards required.
https://oeko-tex-japan.com/about/standard100/ (From Oeko-Tex Japan)
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