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Compostable produce packaging adds shelf life and sustainability

Compostable packaging solutions from Tipa are being implemented worldwide in Europe, Australia, and the US. There is a particular focus on food and fashion industries, as these are two key markets that use a high volume of flexible packaging.

In the US, Tipa worked with Fresh Harvest to deliver solutions for its customers. Established in 2012, Fresh Harvest is an ethical food hub in Atlanta, GA. Each week, they deliver fresh produce and groceries from local farmers and artisan producers in Georgia to thousands of customers. All items are delivered no more than 70 miles to customers in the local area as sustainability continues to be one of the company’s core values.

While all Fresh Harvest items arrive in reusable packaging, the produce must be portioned and protected in non-reusable packaging during transport to ensure it does not get damaged. Fresh Harvest desired a compostable solution that would also extend the shelf life of its perishable produce.

Fresh Harvest changed to Tipa's compostable bags in spring 2021 to protect its produce during transit and to extend the shelf life of its perishable produce, such as salad greens. Tipa bags are fully compostable and are sourced from non-GMO corn, sugarcane, and fully compostable fossil-based polymers.

For customers that do not have access to composting facilities at home, Fresh Harvest gives customers the option to rinse and return all the packaging in their reusable bin each week to be collected and properly composted by Fresh Harvest.

In the past, Fresh Harvest had experimented with compostable packaging but faced challenges when customers were dissatisfied with an unpleasant smell from inside the bags.

Tipa's packaging performs similarly to conventional plastic bags. The bags can be custom printed to feature a company logo and educational instructions on how to effectively compost the product.

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