Plastic-free salad packaging from Sirane

A PLASTIC-FREE salad packaging solution has been developed by Sirane as part of a project working with some major brands in France.

(RE)SET Packaging are a consultancy company specialised in the circular economy, who looked worldwide for the most innovative providers of sustainable packaging working in the food sector. Carrefour and LSDH (owners of the Les Crudettes salad brand) signed up to an ambitious pact, with Carrefour promising to make all packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

Sirane was among the innovative packaging suppliers shortlisted to work on potential solutions – and nine months on the plastic-free packaging solution is the first potential (RE)SET Packaging product launch on the horizon.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “In France alone, 290 million ready-to-eat salads are sold every year. They have always been sold in a plastic-packaging which cannot be recycled, meaning a huge amount of waste going into landfill.

“We’ve managed to perfect a coated paper which still gives the necessary shelf-life. The bags have some translucency – especially when in direct contact with the salad – and there is no need for the producers to use an anti-fog treatment.”

The planned launch date for the salad bags – which can be recycled as part of the paper recycling stream - is currently planned for early 2021.

The Carrefour Group has more than 5,000 stores in France, ranging from hypermarkets to local stores, while Les Crudettes is France’s most well-known ready-to-eat salad brand, producing more than 20,000 tonnes of salad every year.

The salad bags – which are a variant of our popular Earthfilm paper packaging range - will be used for Les Crudettes salads and Carrefour-branded salads.

In 2019, France announced plans to introduce a tax on packaging made from non-recycled plastic, which would result in such products costing up to 10% more.

France as a nation pledged to use only recycled plastics by 2025 – but some retailers and producers, including Carrefour, signed up to even more ambitious targets.

Similarly, the UK plans to introduce a plastics tax on all packaging that does not include at least 30 per cent recycled material by April 2022.

Earthfilm is a plastic-free packaging film which is recyclable in the paper stream. We can also supply it as a pre-formed pouch – the award-winning Earthpouch.

Sirane is an innovative food 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. We also recently acquired a UK-based board manufacturer and converter.

We can also supply a high-speed low-cost pouch filling machine - the M7 - for anyone looking for the complete ‘food packaging pouch package’.

PACKAGING Innovations in London has become the latest trade show to be rearranged, with organisers Easyfairs moving the popular show from September to December.

The show, which is held at the Olympia in London, had been scheduled to take place on September 23-24, 2020, but will now be held from December 8-9. Sirane will be exhibiting at the re-arranged show, as well as at the Birmingham show in February 2021.

Organisers said that with more than 40% of visitors coming to the London show from overseas, potential quarantine restrictions made the September dates impossible.

A statement from the organisers read: “A two-week quarantine period for anyone arriving in the UK has been enforced as part of the UK Government Action Plan to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak. Being a truly international show, Packaging Innovations receives 43.3% of its exhibitors from 17 different countries outside the United Kingdom. In consequence, the current travel regulations recently imposed by the Government make it impossible to run an international exhibition in September.”

When the show takes place in December, we will be exhibiting our range of packaging solutions, including our plastic-free Earthpouch and Earthfilm, our latest board innovations including our plastic-free sandwich pack Earthwedge, microwave susceptor packaging, absorbency, ovenable and microwaveable packaging and much more.

Packaging Innovations is not the only show we’re exhibiting at which has been rearranged.

CFIA – the popular food industry trade show in France which was originally scheduled for March – was moved to September 29-October 1… and was  also moved to Nantes before organisers took the decision to move back to Rennes when it became available.

And the Plastic Free World Conference & Expo, due to be held in Cologne from June 16-17 was postponed in March and is now scheduled to take place from November 9-10. Sirane MD Simon Balderson is among the speakers, and our stand can be found at PF32.

Find us at...



  • AUGUST 25-28, 2020


  • SEPT 29-OCT 1, 2020
  • STAND E21
Plastic Free World

Plastic Free World

  • NOVEMBER 9-10, 2020
  • STAND PF32
Packaging Innovations

Packaging Innovations

  • DECEMBER 8-9, 2020
  • STAND C2

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