A UK Fresh produce packaging supplier, Evesham Specialist Packaging Ltd, has developed a sugarcane-based packaging which allows product breathability and creates a drier environment.
Despite being more expensive to produce, the company explains that the manufacturing process is nothing like what is known in the plastics sector as it is a much slower process. Sales Manager Paul McReynolds says it is worth it given the major environmental benefits, in that it will break down in the environment in as little as a few months depending on conditions.
"Our trays are made from sugarcane bagasse, which is a fantastic material," Paul said. "Environmentally it is a superb story, made from waste from the sugarcane industry".
There are three properties to this type of packaging: it is recyclable, biodegradable and home compostable. The pack is fully recyclable through paper chain and can be part of the general kerbside collection.