PACKAGING Innovations will see the launch of Sirane’s Earth Packaging range – compostable food packaging solutions that won’t ‘cost the earth’.
Sirane’s compostable Earth Packaging solutions can really help you boost your green credentials by cutting both packaging waste and food waste.
And a new environmentally friendly stand up pouch, which can be recycled and is compostable – the Earthpouch – should generate some real excitement.
Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “The market has been crying out for years for a pouch that is free of plastic, is recyclable and is compostable. The Earthpouch, which was launched just after Christmas, is made from a paper with a 100% plastic free heat-sealable coating which is then formed into a preformed stand-up pouch which provides total food security for dry and moist food products.”
Environmentally-friendly packaging is in the news at the moment – particularly following Iceland’s recent ‘plastic free’ commitment – as is reducing food waste, but what if your packaging can actively help contribute to both goals.
Simon Balderson added, said: “The correct food packaging can help to extend the shelf-life of produce, be it meat, seafood, or fresh fruit and vegetables, and it is possible to supply packaging solutions which are also 100% compostable.
“It’s not one or the other, packaging can be environmentally friendly and effective.”
Compostable food packaging from Sirane includes our breathable bags and films for extending the life of fresh produce. Sira-Flex Resolve is a natural biopolymer which we can make into bags or films, and which can extend shelf-life by many days.
Sirane’s Sira-Flex™ Resolve® is a unique plant-based breathable film developed to have the optimum balance between humidity control and O2 and CO2 permeability.
The permeability is temperature dependant so that the perfect atmosphere is maintained inside the pack even if the storage temperature is variable.
Simon Balderson, Sirane’s managing director, said: “The results are remarkable. There is no condensation on the inside of the film and the product does not dry out.
“The package atmosphere is maintained with the optimum balance of atmospheric gases to prevent degradation. In simple terms, the food lasts longer – but of course in packaging terms it’s fully compostable, so it ticks the green boxes.
“Shelf life extension of several days and more is achieved for many products. The film is suitable for all types of vegetables including salads as well as fresh fruit.”
Other compostable products include our absorbent pads for meat, poultry, seafood and fruit. Many of our Dri-Fresh absorbent products can be offered in compostable form – under the name Dri-Fresh Resolve; for Sirane Resolve = compostable.
Jeremy Haydn-Davies, Sirane sales director, said: “Absorbent products can contribute significantly to a product’s ultimate shelf-life; they are there for a reason. But if going green is your aim, they can in most cases be supplied as a compostable product.
“Integrating anti-microbial or anti-bacterial technology, for example, can help extend the shelf-life even further, helping to achieve food waste reduction targets.”
Food waste topped the industry’s agenda in 2017 thanks to Courtauld 2025.
Courtauld 2025 is a 10-year voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food chain – from producer through to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.
Among its targets are a 20% reduction in food waste in the UK.
Sirane also offers compostable packaging for plants/flowers, including compostable bags and films, and compostable plant pots, as part of our horticultural range.