Each item in our product range falls under separate categories, from compostable products, which break down completely within 90 days (under the EN 13432 standard), to recyclable and biodegradable packaging.
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The plastic lids we use are constructed form 50% recycled material (rPET), while the window film in many of our packs is compostable to EN13432 standard. Look out for these icons throughout our catalogue:
Compostable materials are similar to biodegradable materials, as they are both intended to return to the earth safely. However, compostable materials go one step further by providing the earth with nutrients once the material has undergone a biological degradation process in commercial facilities, leaving no visible or toxic residue. We list a number of stock products within our portfolio which are fully compostable within 16 weeks, with one range fully compliant with the EN 13432 standard as compostable within 90 days.
Biodegradable refers to the ability of materials to break down and return to nature. In order for packaging products or materials to qualify as biodegradable, they must completely break down in commercial facilities and decompose into natural elements within a short time after disposal – typically a year or less. This process is influenced by time, sunlight, air and moisture.
Recyclable packaging materials can be separated, collected and processed from the waste stream before being manufactured into a new product.
Recycled packaging is produced from recovered materials – conserving natural resources, greatly contributing towards improving and protecting our environment. Many of the products featured in our catalogue contain recycled packaging elements, such as rPET lids
Extended Shelf Life
With targets set to cut global food waste in half in 2030 and to reduce greenhouse emissions. we have developed a paperboard range of heat-sealable and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAR) which can extend the shelf-life of products by several days, and even weeks. In turn this can lead to reducing food waste and fuel emissions through less frequent deliveries. Shelf-life varies dependent on ingredients, packing conditions and the environment in which the packed goods are stored*
*We always recommend that you clarify the shelf-life of your own products when using our packaging by carrying out your own trials.