PLASTIC-FREE WORLD: plastic-free solutions no. 2, Earthpad

Paper-based absorbent pads from Sirane, a sustainable and plastic-free packaging solution

PLASTIC-FREE World Virtual Conference & Expo begins next week – and even the humble absorbent pad is a product we have a plastic-free alternative for.

The Earthpad is aimed at anyone wanting to go truly green – it’s an absorbent pad which is both compostable and recyclable as part of the paper stream.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Sirane’s constantly evolving its products, and we realised there was a need in the market for a compostable & recyclable pad solution.

“Our Earthpad Resource has been well received in the market – and was the first of many new developments in this area. Sirane’s always been a solutions company, and this is a long-term solution for a product that’s needed across the food industry – the humble but vital absorbent pad – in a more eco-friendly format.”

Earthpad Resource absorbent pads are a cellulose absorbent layer, bonded to a paper-based top or bottom layer with a bio-polymer coating. We have run successful trials with tray-makers in high-speed operations, who were packing fruit.

The pads have potential use within fruit, meat and seafood industries and more.

Earthpad Resource is available in any size, shape or configuration, including slit rolls. They are currently available in white, with a range of colours available soon. A range of absorbency grades are available – from 800cc/M2 up to 3,000cc/M2.

The Plastic-Free World Conference & Expo has gone virtual for 2020 – with Sirane one of the companies who will now have a seminar live streamed.

Two events had been scheduled by organisers Trans-Global Events – Cologne in June, which had already been rescheduled, and Atlanta in November. Both were postponed and replaced with a virtual event which runs November 9-10.

Sirane MD Simon Balderson will deliver a virtual seminar on plastic-free packaging solutions – with a particular focus on coated board and coated papers, and how they can be used to replace plastics within the food packaging supply chain.

Sirane is an innovative packaging development-to-manufacture company, with expertise in absorbency and material science. Specialisms include bags and pouches, absorbent products, shelf-life extension and dual-ovenable products.

It has four main divisions: food packaging; medical & healthcare; horticultural and industrial. The company is based in Telford, Shropshire, with additional manufacturing in Guadalajara (Mexico) and Moscow (Russia).

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