We sat down with Susan Thoman, Principal and Managing Director at CMA to discuss the importance of developing compostable packaging.
As the world moves toward more sustainable practices, zero-waste alternatives for food service packaging are gaining popularity with cities, companies, and individuals alike. delfort is proud to help meet the growing demand for compostable products by developing products that will break down with industrial composting technologies.
With our thinbarrier® eco FIT range we support the industry with a truly environmentally friendly solution. In addition to being certified compostable by CMA, our line of thinbarrier® eco FIT packaging papers are free from fluorocarbons and PFAS. Both the paper and barriers are produced from sustainable ingredients and offer excellent grease resistance and heat retention. Available in white and brown, thinbarrier® eco FIT is perfect for wrapping on-the-go foods such as burgers, wraps, pitas, sandwiches, and hot dogs.
The Importance of Compostable Packaging
Compostability for packaging papers is becoming more and more important in the modern world as the demand to reduce environmental waste continues. delfort is a step ahead and designs QSR food packaging to be compostable, recyclable, and biodegradable.
How can restaurants be sure that packaging goes to a composting facility?
Cross-contamination of compostables in a restaurant can quickly disqualify the restaurant from pick-ups, so not only is sourcing CMA certified products important, the restaurant’s internal collection system is critical as well. CMA is an avid proponent of setting up public dining systems as only all compostable, using a one bin system that takes the guesswork out of customers’ sorting experience, while providing very clean compost feedstocks for the compost manufacturer.
Consumers are increasingly interested in compostable packaging options; how can they compost certain food packaging products at home?
You can make your own compost at home. To help add soil life, nutrients, and healthy microbial communities that support healthy landscapes and gardens. It is important, though, to avoid chemical usage and ensure that you only introduce natural and organic fertilizers to the soil so that you aren’t stripping away the microbes needed to do their work best.
For packaging that is not readily recyclable, compostable packaging may provide an alternative recovery pathway. How does one know when to recycle food service paper versus composting?
The recyclability of papers is really determined at the local level, while food soiled paper is generally seen as non-recyclable, as a rule of thumb.
What role do sustainable resourced or biopolymers play vs synthetic based polymers in relation to enabling a product to be compostable?
From our experience, they play a critical role in the future of sustainably made, sourced and commercialized products coming into the market, especially those that are made to replace historical PFAS containing options. We have had an increasing interest from coating and additive companies in understanding more about the compostability of their materials in compost streams, as most papers must contain some form of additive or coating to perform properly in food service scenarios.
Learn more about the Value of Compostable Packaging
CMA is a global leader in providing industrial composting facilities an acceptance standard for compostables. This is done by performing field disintegration testing through several prominent processing methods to ensure products sent to industrial compost facilities adequately break down within the production cycle.
Ready to make the switch to environmentally friendly food packaging?
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