23rd September. Posted in Press Releases.

Parkside, a provider of specialist packaging solutions, has collaborated with Planet Organic to create a new compostable pack as the health food brand makes significant inroads to its sustainability goals.

The innovative solution created by Parkside for the health food company’s range of organic cupboard ingredients will replace its previously non-recyclable plastic packaging for products such as red rice, apple chips, flaked almonds and gluten-free oats. The new packaging also possesses improved oxygen barriers performance, which further extends the shelf life of the goods.

Buying Director at Planet Organic, Al Overton, said: “As a company, we strive to be ethically innovative in every aspect of our operation. The new packaging created by Parkside has ensured we are achieving that objective, enabling us to sustainably package a large portion of our product range. Parkside are industry-leaders in compostable packaging, so they were the obvious first choice to work with us on this new venture.”

The durable laminate is safe to use for food packaging and is designed to break down within 26 weeks in a home composting environment, gaining full accreditation from TUV (formerly Vincotte). The packaging is also tested for eco-toxicity and various other criteria against EN 13432.

“Our new range of compostable packaging has helped position us at the forefront of the market when it comes to sustainability,” commented Overton. “With the current plastic debate not showing any signs of slowing down, our innovative solution is beneficial both for the environment and in terms of being a powerful marketing tool to environmentally-conscious consumers.”

The innovation team at Parkside has dedicated over eight years of research and development into compostable laminates. This has led to the creation of more than 20 accredited home and industrial compostable structures which make up its Park2NatureTM range.

New Business Development Manager for Parkside, Paul Lenihan, added: “It was a privilege to be asked by Planet Organic to collaborate with them on this project. The ethos of the company fits perfectly with our Park2Nature range and we’re delighted we were able to create such an excellent product for them.”