Packaging manufacturer, Parkside, has become the first UK company to secure industry-recognised accreditation in Australia for its compostable solutions.
The Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) has presented Parkside with the much sought-after seedling logo, used to clearly identify certified compostable packaging materials.
Paula Birch, Director of Sales at Parkside, said: “More and more countries are phasing out or banning single use plastics altogether, so having certification schemes that confirm a material’s composability is paramount. ABA accreditation is an important step forward for Parkside as we extend our customer base in Australia and demonstrates the importance we place on the environment in developing our packaging solutions.
“The ABA accreditation gives our unique compostable packaging industry recognition which is notoriously difficult to achieve. Our success in this area means that environmentally aware brand owners, retailers and consumers have a choice of barrier packs that can be disposed of in a composting environment.”
To be certified compostable by the ABA, suitable biopolymer materials must undergo a stringent test regime, carried out by independent accredited laboratories to major global standards.
Following successful tests, a seedling-inspired logo can now be used on Parkside’s bio-based packaging sold in Australia to help consumers and councils recognise compostable packaging material and dispose of it accordingly.
Since April 2017, Parkside has collaborated with Australian-based PA Packaging Solutions to deliver Park-2-Nature®, a range of home and industrial compostable products, to Australia.
In addition to ABA, Parkside’s compostable packaging has attained Vincotte’s OK Compost Home and Seeding accreditation – a recognised European certification scheme.
Established for over 40 years, Parkside is a global packaging supplier with manufacturing sites located in both the UK & Asia. The company has grown into a leading flexibles manufacturer, delivering advanced packaging expertise to the food & drink, medical, pharmaceutical, household and personal care sectors.