Parkside Flexibles has expanded its sustainable packaging range with the addition of a sharing bag manufactured from eucalyptus trees.
The UK company worked with ethical food brand Rhythm 108 with the brief to develop a pack for its Ooh-la-la tea biscuits made from sustainable sources, which is fully compostable at the end of its product life.
The pack consists of a bio-film called NatureFlex, which is created from wood pulp from sustainably-sourced eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. For every tree used, another is planted in its place.
The Ooh-la-la tea biscuits pack, which is available in lemon ginger chia, almond biscotti, coconut cookie and double chocolate hazelnut varieties, includes a triple-layer structure made up of paper, NatureFlex and bio polymer sealant web.
Parkside claims the design provides a moisture and oxygen barrier that extends product shelf life, helping both retailers and consumers minimise food waste.
The company said it devoted four years of research, development and testing before making a breakthrough in compostable multi-layer film barrier laminates.
Parkside new business development manager Paul Lenihan said: “Sustainability remains a hot topic of conversation within the packaging world. Consumers are demanding more environmentally friendly processes and retailers are responding by asking their supply chains to come up with innovative ways to save carbon and avoid end-of-life incineration and landfill.
“Rhythm 108 wanted packaging that addressed the needs of consumers and that fitted with its natural organic ethos. Parkside has answered this demand. From a sustainability perspective, we have utilised sustainable materials to develop the pack instead of oil-based polymers.”
Siddhi Mehta, founder of Rhythm 108, added: “More and more, customers are looking for healthy organic snacking options. With our convenient packets, we believe our Ooh-la-la tea biscuits target all three customer preferences: healthy, wholesome ingredients and fabulous taste.
“The packaging is not only convenient and suited to today’s on-the-go lifestyle, it is environmentally friendly as it’s made from bio-based materials and can then be thrown in the compost bin at home.”
Founded over 40 years ago, Parkside is a global packaging supplier with manufacturing sites in the UK and Asia.
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