European packaging manufacturer Coveris has joined forces with sustainable start-up Notpla to deliver a range of biodegradable and recyclable food cartons.
Tackling growing sustainability concerns in the food-to-go and takeaway sector, the new specially coated board packs address both packaging and food waste challenges.
Notpla’s coating technology, a mix of seaweed and plant extracts, provides a food-safe barrier function and biodegrades naturally in 4-6 weeks. Seaweed is a renewable resource which doesn’t compete with food crops, doesn’t need fresh water or fertiliser, and actively contributes to de-acidifying oceans.
Development and print partner Coveris worked with Notpla to deliver the fully printed, branded solution that works in combination with the sustainable coating. Using water-based inks for added sustainable benefits, the printed packs are fully approved for food contact and offer an advanced oil barrier function that outperforms plastic in most applications.
“Given the functional requirements of packaging combined with disposal challenges in this sector, the new coated packs really are the packaging of the future,” said Emma Moate, Coveris’ food-on-the-move category director.
The packs are available as off-the-shelf own-brand takeaway boxes and as custom printed formats, seen in Notpla’s existing partnership with Just Eat Takeaway.
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