Fyffes Ireland has invested in 18 months of research to introduce a wrap-around paper band made from 100 per cent Kraft pulp as a more sustainable alternative to plastic bags. It will be used on organic fair trade bananas.
Fully compostable and sourced from certified Forestry Stewardship Council-approved sources, Fyffes said the new banding has been successfully trialed in real-life market conditions through retail outlets in Ireland. Based on estimates, this initiative will result in a reduction of more than 12,500 pounds of plastic.
Fyffes emphasized a number of key criteria when working with its supply partners in choosing the material required. Most important was that it would be recyclable, compostable and sustainable, and that the finished item would be of high quality to provide a good surface for branding and consumer information.
Another requirement was that the packaging would maintain quality fruit while withstanding climatic and other varying features present within the supply chain. These include tropical temperatures normal in countries where bananas are grown, transportation by ship in temperature-controlled conditions, and the ripening process itself. Food grade inks are used for the print, while adhesives are plant based, not plastic.
According to the company, the water-resistant bands remain effective all along the supply chain.
Source: FreshPlaza.com May 20, 2019