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Parkside Creates Funky Compostable Pack For Wallaroo

Packaging solutions specialist, Parkside, has developed a sustainable and funky pack with start-up brand Wallaroo for its new range of healthy snacks for children.

Manufactured with bio-based materials, the packs are available in pineapple, coconut and mango varieties and provide excellent moisture and oxygen barriers to extend shelf life. Notably the new packs are home compostable being designed to break down within 26 weeks, gaining accreditation from TUV (formerly Vincotte).

Aimed at the environmentally conscious consumer, the packaging was developed to support Wallaroo’s sustainable and ethical brand values. Renowned illustrator Steven Simpson came on board with the project and in collaboration with Parkside Graphic Services helped to achieve Wallaroo’s vision on a challenging paper substrate utilising specialist compostable inks.

Wallaroo co-founder, Abhisek, said: “Wallaroo is on a mission to encourage children to make better food choices by questioning where their food comes from, what it is made of and its impact on the environment. This ethos stretches from product to packaging and was a key reason for choosing to work with Parkside. Their compostable solutions are truly sustainable and help to extend product shelf life and minimise food waste.”

The Wallaroo Foods range is part of an expanding Park2Nature™ portfolio of compostable packaging solutions from Parkside, having attained OK Compost Home and Seedling certification by TUV (formerly Vincotte) after achieving a high degree of compostability.

Parkside has also recently carried out independent marine testing on its compostable flexible packing film range. The compostable structures, including the specification designed for Wallaroo, have been proven to break down completely in seawater.

Parkside believes it is the only company in the world with a fully tested compostable packaging solution having gone to this rigour. In addition, Parkside is the first UK company to secure Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) accreditation for its compostable packs.

Paula Birch, Sales Director at Parkside, said: “This has been one of our most exciting projects in recent times, working with an amazing start-up company and creating a wonderfully eco-friendly product.”

Parkside was recently nominated for a FlexoTech award in the UV Flexo, Paper and Board category and shortlisted for the Innovation of the Year award at the UK 2018 Packaging Awards as a result of its work with the Wallaroo innovative brand.