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Sirane's award-winning Earthwedge - plastic-free, recyclable sandwich packs

SIRANE’s recyclable and plastic-free sandwich packaging solution, the Earthwedge, has scooped a top industry prize in the annual Sammies Awards.

The Earthwedge won first place in the Environmental Award category in the awards which were announced online today (May 6th) in a ‘virtual’ ceremony.

The Sammies are organised by the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Our Earthwedge has been in development for some time, and to get industry recognition like this is proof that the hard work put in by our development team to make this happen has been worth it.

“Traditional sandwich packs are difficult or impossible to recycle, PE-coated and laminated packs invariably end up in landfill, despite any claims on the packs, and this is a chance to offer the market a genuinely recyclable alternative.“

The other five shortlisted companies/products were Cauli Ltd (Cauli Box); M&S (M&S Skillet); Around Noon (Reducing carbon footprint); Boots (Remove of plastic cutlery), and Deli Lites (Reducing their environmental impact).

Sirane has two different types of sandwich packs now on offer – heat-sealable, for use in commercial sandwich packing, and tabbed for use in delis/sandwich shops where the packs are made up and sold the same day.

Rigorous testing has been done on the packs to make sure they offer the shelf-life required for use in commercial operations as well as running on machines.

Our tabbed Earthwedge will soon be added to our Field & Fare site, where customers will be able to buy direct for use in their own sandwich shops etc.

The Earthwedge has been developed using a combination of coated boards and papers. This means that the whole pack can be recycled as part of the paper stream.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Our Earth Packaging range now includes many ways to replace plastics effectively in the supply chain. Many plastics can be replaced, and new materials and technologies are coming on board all the time.

“Earthwedge is a great example of somewhere it is possible to remove the plastic entirely whilst allowing the product to still be functional and fit for purpose. And end of life is important – these packs will be able to go in with the paper recycling.

“We’ve put them through extensive trials, to make sure they offer the necessary ease of use as well as the needed shelf-life. Coated boards are used for a reason – commercially the sandwiches need a certain shelf-life to make the supply chain work – but we can now offer a viable alternative which is environmentally friendly.”

They are 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.

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

Sandwich packaging – and the problems of ‘unrecyclable packs’ was the focus last year of an episode of BBC One’s War On Plastics  - which told how 6 million PE-coated packs and laminated board packs flood the nation’s waste bins daily.

And they have one major drawback – in the vast majority of cases they cannot be recycled – despite labelling suggesting they can – as you just cannot separate the plastics from the cardboard, and the packs just end up in landfill.  

Sirane is an innovative packaging development-to-manufacture company, with expertise in absorbency and material science. Specialisms include eco-friendly packaging, bags and pouches, absorbent products, board and 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), and we have a network of agents/distributors around the world waiting to help.

Oven / BBQ cooking bags from Sirane

IF YOU’RE looking for a bag which can be cooked on a barbecue or in the oven, then Sirane’s Sira-Cook Supreme could just be the product you have been waiting for.

Sirane’s oven/BBQ bag is a very versatile product and comes with a range of options which make it the perfect cooking bag for people looking to sell into the barbeque sector.

With options including individually packed sachets for meal-kits, a non-stick layer, heat-sealable, a self-seal closure, and a range of sizes, there’s something for everyone...

Simon Balderson, Sirane managing director, said: “Certainly here in the UK, the sun doesn’t always come out – but that’s what makes our Sira-Cook Supreme bag should a good option – if it does, the bag is perfect for use on the BBQ, and if it doesn’t, well it can go in the oven.

“Indeed, some manufacturers and retailers use the bag purely as an oven-ready cooking bag.

“It is a foil bag capable of withstanding significant direct heat, allowing for its use on a barbecue as well as in an oven. The food will be tender, retain all the juices and flavours as well as the goodness, and could be sold over the counter in the pack.

“For the customer there would be no mess, no smell, and no need to handle the food. The bag can be heat-sealed or folded-over and can add genuine value to retail food sales.

“We’ve also developed a self-seal version of the bag perfect for over-the-counter sales – and we’ve also got individually-wrapped bags – offering an ideal ‘BBQ meal-kit’ solution – the customer just opens the pack, puts the product in the bag and cooks, simple as that.”

The bag is available in a range of sizes and in a standard and non-stick version. It comes with a clear top panel – so users can see what is being cooked – and can be heat-sealed.

Oven/BBQ bags are perfect for meat, fish, poultry, and vegetables – anything that can be cooked in an oven or on a barbecue can be cooked in this bag – and it means people will no longer have to cook separately for meat-eaters and vegetarians, as bags can sit side by side.

Sirane is the European market leader in innovative food packaging development-to-manufacture, with expertise in areas including oven and microwave-ready packaging, absorbency, shelf-life extension, crisping products in a microwave, and more.

As well as BBQ/oven bags, Sirane manufactures a wide range of other cooking bags including steam-cooking bags for oven/microwave (including a stand-up version), nylon roasting bags and sous-vide bags and even multi-compartment bags.

The oven/BBQ bag – which forms part of Sirane’s Bags of Ideas campaign - is simple to use, simple to open, cooks the food to perfection – and can be used in almost any cooking environment, from ovens to barbecues, griddles to hot plates.

Bags of Ideas brings everything together under one banner, in one simple to use guide to the possibilities, and helps guide the customer through the process of choosing what works for them – after all, every customer’s exact requirements are different - click here to read our simple guide. 

Sirane is an innovative packaging development-to-manufacture company, with expertise in absorbency and material science. Specialisms include eco-friendly packaging, bags and pouches, absorbent products, board 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), and we have a network of agents/distributors.

For more information, visit our website at www.sirane.com

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