We surveyed every team member and then decided together which values we want to live by.
Our actions are determined by our love for Mother Earth.
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While YPL is found in many parts of the world, we think it belongs everywhere. If there is a place that wants to package more sustainably, you know we’re here to help.
Petroleum-based plastic hit the market. (Plastic takes 500 years to START decomposing. Just think, all the plastic that has EVER been manufactured hasn’t even started… we got work to do.)
Yash Papers Limited, CHUK’s parent company, was established by entrepreneur, motorcyclist, world traveler, maverick, (and father of Ved), KK Jhunjhunwala. His wife sold her wedding jewelry to fund the start up and they functioned lean…his office was operating from under the tree.
YPL establishes a strong presence over low grammage kraft market… and KK runs off to bike the Canadian Rockies and Ved works the night shift. (Give or take a few years. We can’t remember all of KK’s adventures!)
YPL decided we needed a little more light in our lives… ok, actually electricity. So we set up a power plant fueled by rice husk— and now are the only compostable tableware business in the world that supplies all our own energy from bio-fuel.
YPL starts exporting for the first time. Now we deliver paper not only all over India, but also to happy customers all over the world. Apples in Iran, gyros in Greece, surgical Gloves in South Africa – we wrap them all.
Lots of players had crowded the low grammage kraft market and we needed a new challenge. We evolved into a specialty-grade paper company for food and pharmaceutical products. You’ve ripped into a sugar sachet at Cafe Coffee Day or eaten at McDonald’s? You’ve touched YPL paper.
We didn’t have to, but we wanted to. Everyone thought we were crazy, but we already knew that. So, we bought some very expensive chemical-recovery equipment and slept better at night. Now, more than 95% of all cooking chemicals are recovered… and we haven’t given up getting that last 5%
Who knew that a choice made way back would be so key now? We set up a new, modern pulp mill that more than doubled our capacity. What does that mean for us now? We are the only pulp-2-product manufacturer in the world for compostable tableware… so you can count on us for quality, consistency, and reliable supply. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves on the timeline… keep going!
We tackled all sorts of challenges in teaming up with international research firms and institutions to solve packing issues. The world needs compostable chip bags and environmentally-friendly barriers in tea pouches… frankly, we’re still at it.
The concept of CHUK is born! First products? Compostable tableware to reduce what goes to the landfill. And (almost) instantly there was complete world peace. All wars ended, people put down their arms, and sat down to delicious banquets. Everyone was happy and cared for and there wasn’t anything else anyone would wish for. Ok, not. But at least together we can ensure we don’t let trash take over the world!
CHUK is launched! We ran here and there and everywhere for three years to get funding, machines, fabulous designs, market research, a dedicated team, a building to hold eight giant machines, and more. Does it sound exhausting? Nope, we are still riding the high of working passionately to help the world. You gotta try it. And, 50% of the new CHUK plant is staffed by village women, some of them specially-abled. You can do business and do good.
We think Chuk is great. But the experts are crushing on it too! BCorp – YPL became India’s First publicly listed BCorp Red Dot award – Germany’s highest design award G Mark – Japan’s highest design award IDC – India’s highest design award
Many people ask us why we have such a unique company. The answer is simple: our people. Our team members work every day to ensure we provide quality products in a happy workplace. Our board offers us their wisdom and keeps us on track (and honest, too!) Lastly, we are blessed with mentors who love our vision and want to help us make good things happen.
It’s about rising up to a challenge together