PACKAGING INNOVATIONS: Recyclable sandwich packs shortlisted for innovation award

Plastic-free recyclable sandwich skillets

OUR plastic-free & recyclable sandwich packs, Earthwedge, have been shortlisted for an innovation award at Packaging Innovations in London next month.

The Earthwedge is a sustainable replacement to the PE-coated and laminated packs which flood the nation’s waste bins and recycling centres every day – the vast majority of which cannot be recycled and end up in landfill.

Our new eco-friendly sandwich packs – branded as Earthwedge – have been developed using a combination of coated boards and coated papers. This means that the whole pack can be recycled as part of the paper stream.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “It’s always great to get recognition for our development work, so we’re pleased to have been shortlisted for this award.

“Hopefully visitors to the show will be impressed with the product and vote for it, although I am sure as ever that there will be strong competition.”

The Earthwedge is suitable for heat-sealing as well as in-store assembly and can be supplied fully printed/branded or plain, as required, in standard and custom sizes.

The whole pack can be easily recycled in the paper stream – there’s no need to try to separate layers, or remove films from the pack, a system which makes some packs on the market technically recyclable but practically impossible to do so.

The Earthwedge has already won two awards – an environmental award in the Sammies and a Sustainable Food Award for sustainable packaging.

Many of our recent developments have been in the sustainable packaging sector, and we’ll be focusing the show mainly on our Earth Packaging range.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “It’s been a while since we’ve been able to present some of our more innovative packaging solutions at a show like this, so we’re really looking forward to getting the team down to London for this one.

“Sirane’s a company that rarely stands still, so we’ve got lots to show, and we know there’ll be plenty of interest in this type of packaging. The move to sustainability is happening, and Sirane’s the sort of company that can make it happen.”

Sirane’s range of plastic-free packaging solutions also includes our paper-based stand-up pouches, Earthpouch, and paper-based flow-wrap film Earthfilm. We also offer both compostable and paper-based absorbent pads, and products such as compostable cling-film compostable shrink-film for fresh produce and bio-films.

Recent developments within our Earthpouch range have seen quad packs added to the range of available formats – something we were regularly asked for.

In addition, Sirane offers a range of board-based products. Many of our other board products, including cake boards, patisserie boards, pizza boards, etc, can be offered using eco-friendly coatings which mean the products can be recycled.

However, plastic-free is just not possible in every scenario…. and Sirane offers traditional flexible packaging materials which are at least recyclable.

Sirane’s RePEat range will also be on show – RePEat offers recyclable PE-based products, including stand-up pouches, vacuum bags, flow-wrap film, and thermally-insulated bags. RePEat is recyclable within any LDPE recycling stream.

And, of course, we offer a wide range of other packaging materials people are already familiar with – absorbency, ovenable/microwaveable cooking bags, susceptor and more – and you’re more than welcome to ask about any of them…

Simon Balderson added: “Sirane’s NPD team loves a challenge, so if you want packaging developed, however challenging, then be sure to visit our stand.”

Sirane can be found at stand B64. For more information on Packaging Innovations London – Dec 1-2, 2021 –  visit

For anyone who can’t make London, we’ll also be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations in Birmingham from February 16-17 next year.

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