A leading developer and supplier of eco-friendly and plastic-free products is encouraging UK farm shops to use packing that doesn’t cost the earth with its compostable solutions.
BioPak has seen a rise in Farm Shops looking to leverage their low CO2 reputation by choosing sustainable, certified home compostable packaging, as consumers become more waste conscious.
“Compostable packaging is a positive step in the right direction and Farm Shops who are adopting sustainable packaging solutions are reducing their conventional plastic waste” said Sam Walker.
“The fresh produce that farm shops sell puts many demands on packaging, which has to be sturdy to protect the product (so it lasts longer), it has to be moisture repellent and it has to look good for the consumer.
“At BioPak we have been working in close consultation with our customers across farming, retail and produce and their commitment to engage with us to innovate sustainable solutions has been a catalyst to making real change.
“These industries are moving away from their plastic produce trays in favour of BioPak low carbon alternatives, made from a rapidly-renewable raw material that can be disposed of with your food waste at home – perfect for the circular economy.”
The Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM) found that approximately 135,000 tonnes of agricultural plastic packaging is produced in the UK every year, of which 32,000 tonnes was directly linked to plastic packaging – a sizeable impact on the environment.
BioPak’s BioCane trays are made from sugarcane pulp, also known as bagasse.
“Bagasse is derived from sugarcane, it is a by-product of sugar manufacturing, so we are using a waste product and making something new and sustainable from it,” said Sam Walker.
The sugarcane pulp is pressed under high pressure with steam so it gets a very tight surface making it moisture repellent and it can be used in both chill and ambient environments, it can be frozen, oven-heated and microwaved.
The tray can take shrink wrap and flow wrap and it can also be heat-sealed, which means using much less plastic for sealing. Bagasse trays can also be PLA lined, a plant-based plastic, extending the shelf life of produce.
How produce trays can make a difference
According to Which? News, research by the EIA and Greenpeace UK identifies that supermarkets sell over 59 billion pieces of single-use-plastics every year. By switching 50 million produce trays from regular plastic to compostable BioCane alternatives, producers, retailers and customers can; avoid 545 tonnes of plastic being made, reduce CO2 emissions by 992 tonnes – that’s equivalent to driving around the world 93 times; and divert waste from landfill.
These trays are certified home compostable and are accepted in the co-mingled recycling, as long as they aren’t contaminated by food.
Looking to switch from conventional plastic? Take a look at BioPak’s compostable BioCane produce trays. Visit www.biopak.com