Bio coffee capsules, biodegradable bread clips from Bimbo Canada, and bamboo meat trays

New biodegradable and biodegradable packaging developments continue to emerge, with many new biomaterial alternatives replacing plastic packaging. There is a great deal of biodegradable, biodegradable, and bio-based examples in both development and market introduction.

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Qbo Vital CapsulesThePackHubBio coffee capsules are made from renewable raw materials

In a tripartite collaboration, German coffee producer Tchibo presents its brand Qbo biocapsule made from 70% second-generation renewable raw materials. The raw materials for the capsules are supplied by Finland-based Neste and will be converted into capsules by Berry Superfos. These second-generation renewable raw materials are manufactured using organic waste and by-products, such as tallow oils from forests, waste fats from the fast food industry, and vegetable fats from cooking oil production. This material goes into the production of PP polymers of the same quality as raw PP, and it is claimed that the consumer will not see or taste any difference. Tchibo says they chose Berry Superfos for the project because it has expertise in their products and holds the ISCC PLUS certification required to produce capsules from renewable materials.

Bimbo Canada turns to compostable bread clipsBimbo Canada turns to compostable bread clipsThePackHubCanadian baking brand turns to compostable bag clips

Bimbo Canada, a subsidiary of Mexican Bakery and one of Canada’s largest bakery companies, is changing its plastic bread bag clips into compostable cardboard clips. The change will start immediately and be completed within two months. The company is expected to reduce the company’s consumption of single-use plastics by about 200 metric tons annually. The new cardboard cards are made from recycled boards and can be composted at municipal waste collection. Extensive testing was performed across various scenarios, including repeated cycles at room, refrigerator, and freezer temperatures. It is said to biodegrade under the right conditions in 84 days. The new bread bag labels are the result of a partnership with Quebec-based KLR Systems, which won a regional food innovation award last year for developing carton clips. Bimbo Canada has set a goal of making 100% of its packaging recyclable, biodegradable or biodegradable by 2025.

100% New Packaging Compostable Tea Spot100% New Packaging Compostable Tea SpotThePackHubShow compostable packaging for American tea set

The Tea Spot is a leading handcrafted whole leaf tea company headquartered in Louisville, Colorado. Thanks to a $10,000 grant from Boulder County, the company has now introduced a range of 100% compostable packaging in its efforts to make a low-waste impact on the environment. The grant facilitated a comprehensive search for appropriate compostable materials to expand The Tea Spot’s sustainability efforts to individually package tea bags for food service. Our packaging and tea bags are made from sustainable, plant-based materials – 100% biodegradable and compostable in commercial environments. This new iteration of the brand’s best-selling teas is now available across seven tea flavors and available through Whole Foods, Central Market and the company’s website. The brand claims to be constantly looking for innovative ways to positively impact the environment and serve the tea-loving community through ideas, products and now with packaging.

Caspak partners with Hagen's Organics to pack Vital MeatsCaspak partners with Hagen’s Organics to pack Vital MeatsThePackHubMAP Bamboo Meat Tray Makes Australia Take Off

Australian sustainable food manufacturer Caspak has partnered with Melbourne-based organic butcher Hagen’s, which will supply its MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging) bamboo tray. Trays, made of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified bamboo, can be recycled into curbside recycling bins after the cover layer is removed, and a thin plastic film that can be peeled away from the bamboo tray so that the two materials can be easily separated, the film can then be recycled With the RedCycle soft plastic system. The move to MAP fiber trays has resulted in an overall 80% reduction in plastic, from 20g to only 4g per meat tray, and will increase the raw material recovery rate to 70%. The trays are designed to work with existing production lines, as there are no tooling changes required and are suitable for a range of meat, seafood and takeaway applications.

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