Compostable sandwich packaging on trial at Glastonbury

THE Co-op will trial fully compostable sandwich packaging in a pop-up store at the Glastonbury festival this week.

The four day event – which will be attended by 135,000 people – has banned plastic water bottles from the festival. In response to this, the on-site Co-op shop will sell aluminium cans of water and refillable water bottles alongside their full range of sandwiches in the compostable packaging. The Co-op’s new compostable carrier bag will also be on sale to event-goers.

Breige Donaghy, director of Delicious Food, Co-op, said, “It’s a priority to find new ways to reduce plastic packaging. We’ve successfully unveiled compostable carrier bags but it’s difficult to replace plastic packaging for sandwiches and keep the product fresh. These sandwiches have two days shelf life from the moment they are made and we have to deliver directly to the store. We are keen to test the technology and get consumer feedback, and Glastonbury gives us a perfect setting to do this.”