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Panda Packaging x Apothecary 27

Written By Joseph Jackson 28 Feb 2020

Wanting to learn more about the story behind their zero waste brand, we posed some questions to Panda Packaging co-founders Maliha Rana and Jack Milligan. 

Panda Packaging x Apothecary 27

We’ve just taken delivery of gorgeous products from Panda Packaging. Your buddha bowl will be Instagram-worthy served in a rich brown coconut bowl, your smoothies will maintain their integrity with bamboo straws, and your office lunch will gain eco-points packed in a stainless steel and bamboo lunchbox. 

Wanting to learn more about the story behind their zero waste brand, we posed some questions to Panda Packaging co-founders Maliha Rana and Jack Milligan. 

Ap27: Tell us about Panda Packaging – how did the business come about? 

MR: Jack and I spent a lot of time diving around Africa and South East Asia, where we witnessed a lot of the plastic pollution first-hand. This deeply upset and troubled us, and so we decided we wanted to be a part of the solution, not the problem!  

We began working with local farmers in Bali to create a range of everyday, plastic-free and reusable essentials – items such as straws, cutlery, lunchboxes and water bottles all handmade from bamboo. We launched Panda Packaging in 2018, and we have started to build special machinery that allows us to create these products and keep our carbon emissions lower than any other material! 

Ap27: What are your backgrounds? Have you always been eco-conscious?

MR: I studied law, and I moved to Mumbai for Bollywood acting, where I saw a crazy amount of plastic! I have always been super-environmentally friendly. From a young age, travelling with my family allowed me to appreciate nature. Growing up, I would organise beach clean-ups (and still do)! I love the ocean – diving and surfing are my absolute favourite things to do, so I can’t imagine a world without our magnificent oceans. 

Jack studied geology and moved to the Ivory Coast to map oil. This was an extreme eye-opener, as it allowed Jack to understand the destruction caused by the plastic industry before it is even made. This did not sit well with Jack, as he spent his entire life growing up around animals, diving and sailing. He, too, has always been eco-conscious. He even worked with algae to create green energy!

Ap27: How do you create products? Do you go through your daily routine and come up with ideas? 

MR: The plastic pollution problem can be very overwhelming. We want people to understand that sustainability is accessible to everyone, and our daily actions can really make a difference. We thought about what products we use every day, and we created the natural alternatives accordingly. We want to make sustainability super-fun and easy! Our approach is positive – we aren't tackling single-use plastics from a negative aspect; instead, our aim is to spread positivity and hope for a plastic-free future! 

Ap27: How do you source your products? 

MR: We only source the raw material, as we are slowly starting to manufacture everything in house. This allows us to be 100% transparent about everything we do. 

Ap27: What is the most popular product? 

MR: Our hero products is definitely our bamboo straw. It is light and easy to clean and can last up to four years! 

Ap27: Any future plans to expand the range? 

MR: We are continuously looking to expand our range based on our clients’ needs. If it’s a problematic, single-use plastic, we can replace it! 

Many thanks Maliha! We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Panda Packaging!

Follow Maliha and Jack’s journey on Instagram at @pandapackaging.