Compostable packs tipped to extend shelf-life of fresh produce

TIPA and PerfoTec have teamed up to offer fully compostable packaging described as extending the shelf-life of fresh produce.

The laser microperforated compostable film has been introduced to help reduce food waste, combat plastic pollution and cut carbon emissions.

TIPA revealed its compostable packaging performs like a conventional plastic but decomposes in compost back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics or other pollutants. PerfoTec’s patented laser technology, meanwhile, is said to facilitate longer shelf-life by adapting the permeability of food packaging.

PerfoTec’s CEO Bas Groeneweg said, “After months of trials with this film, we realised that TIPA’s compostable film combined with PerfoTec’s patented laser perforation provided the best shelf-life for fruits, vegetables and flowers by far. It provides longer shelf-life and freshness which means fewer quality losses, less food waste and cost savings for producers and retailers. Partnering with TIPA to create compostable packaging that can outperform conventional plastic is a hugely exciting step forward for sustainable packaging. We’re delighted to be playing our part in the stride against quality losses, food waste and plastic pollution.”

Ayellet Zinger, VP of sales for TIPA, added, “In combining our technologies, TIPA and PerfoTec form a synergistic partnership that optimises flexible packaging for produce. We have created an exceptional product that extends the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables and flowers with a protective and fully compostable film that decomposes just like the product its packaging. TIPA and PerfoTec bring huge added value for flexible produce packaging, reducing food and packaging waste, and providing solutions for the future of sustainable packaging.”