In South Australia, a fully compostable shrink-wrap for cucumbers was developed; it is now being adopted by other food sectors and a global airline. The material’s Adelaide-based manufacturer BioBag World Australia has doubled production in the past six months and will significantly boost its output again from next month when a second extruder and conversion machine arrives from China.
BioBag World Australia managing director Scott Morton said the company had recently partnered with Qatar Airways, which now used the compostable packaging to reduce waste and collect food scraps. He said in the past three months the compostable packaging had also been used to replace traditional mailing films covering magazines and newspapers, as well as to wrap meats.
“We have a lot of butchers who have decided to go plastic free. They’re using the film to wrap meat before they freeze it. And, instead of giving you a plastic bag when you buy your meat, they’re giving you a compostable bag. That compostable bag can be reused at home to collect your scraps and then it goes into the organics bin where it breaks down.”
The alternative plastic wrapping was initially used last year on cucumbers sold at South Australian independent grocer Drakes Supermarkets.
Theleadsouthaustralia.com.au explains how the product was created in partnership with South Australian produce and packaging business IG Fresh Produce and launched in September as an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional polyethylene plastic wrap.