• DualPakECO® trays are made of lightweight paperboard and coated with BASF’s biopolymer ecovio® PS 1606
  • Commercially compostable solution extends end-of-life options for paperbased food packaging and supports organics recycling
  • Performance regarding processing, sealing, printability and strength on same level as conventional PET food trays
  • Food trays can be used in microwave and conventional ovens, in fridges and deep freezers

 

Bayswater, Australia/Ludwigshafen, Germany, June 29, 2022: The Australian food packaging manufacturer Confoil and BASF have cooperated to develop a certified compostable and dual ovenable food tray based on paper. The paper tray is coated on the inside with BASF’s ecovio® PS 1606, a partly bio-based and certified compostable biopolymer especially developed for coating food packaging made of paper or board. The trays called DualPakECO® are certified according to the Australian standard AS4736-2006 and food contact approved according to international requirements. They can be used for ready-to-eat meals like lasagne, curries and stir-fries available as cold or frozen in supermarkets as well as for catering and take-away from restaurants.

The trays extend the end-of-life options for paper-based packaging by being organically recyclable: They can be commercially composted with the organic waste collected in organic waste bins. Thus the new packaging solution supports organics recycling of food residues and food-soiled packaging which increases the diversion of food waste from landfill and incineration.

Alternative to PET plus sustainability benefit

This new certified compostable solution is an alternative to conventional PET packaging for ready-to-eat meals: The trays can be heated in conventional ovens and microwaves, can be chilled or frozen. They show excellent barrier properties against fats, liquids and odors helping to preserve freshness and flavors. “We wanted to create a paper-based food tray that meets all the food industries’ requirements but with the added benefit that it is certified compostable”, said Alison Buxton, CEO of
Confoil. “With BASF’s certified compostable biopolymer ecovio® PS 1606 we have found the ideal component to take the next step towards sustainable solutions in our portfolio and to help our customers reach their sustainability targets at the same time. Our joint development represents a shift to paper-based and certified compostable material in order to support the Australian 2025 National Plastics Plan which aims at reducing the impact of packaging on the environment.Composting trials have shown that the DualPakECO® trays break down into water, carbon dioxide and nutrient-rich compost within four to six weeks under commercial composting conditions.

ecovio® PS 1606 extends end-of-life options for paper applications

The paperboard for DualPakECO® can easily be formed and allows for printability. The board is lightweight yet rigid enough for in-line production facilities. It also offers secure sealing across a variety of film substrates and machinery. The paper tray is coated with ecovio® PS 1606 in a mono-layer extrusion process. Due to its excellent migration barrier properties the BASF biopolymer also enables the use of recycled paper in food applications. The high content of renewable raw materials leads to a reduced material carbon footprint, which allows savings of greenhouse gas emissions. “Composting is the most resource-efficient process for food waste recycling”, said Rowan Williams from Market Development Biopolymers at BASF. “This packaging solution supports a circular economy as it contributes to the diversion of food waste and food-soiled packaging from landfills and incineration,
thus avoiding associated greenhouse gas emissions. Currently available PET food trays are not reusable, they are difficult and uneconomical to recycle mechanically – so in reality they mostly go to landfill or incineration. With Confoil we found the ideal partner to develop a solution that proves the feasibility of a food package that combines sustainability with high technical performance.

ecovio® PS 1606 can be used in applications with cold or hot contents as well as for bowls and plates with dry, solid, fluid or fatty contents. BASF offers ecovio® grades for both extrusion coating and lamination technology. Depending on the ecovio® grade used in combination with the type of paper or board, home and industrial compostable solutions are possible.

Market introduction at the Australian Organics Recycling Association Conference

The DualPakECO® trays were introduced to the market at the Annual Conference 2022 of the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) in Glenelg, Australia. On this occasion, the chairman of AORA, Peter Wadewitz, said: “The Australian standards are the most stringent ones for compostable plastics in the world. Commercial composting is an integral part of a circular economy where organic waste can be turned into a valuable resource rather than be disposed of in landfill or incinerated. Compost from organic recycling can be used in agriculture to improve degraded soils and return organic matter to soils ensuring future productivity.” The new packaging solution is suitable for organics recycling such as the Australian FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics). This is a kerbside collection service that allows food scraps to be added to the garden waste bin so it can be recycled into high-quality compost. Through the National Waste Policy Plan, Australia’s states and territories have committed themselves to increase FOGO collection services, agreeing to introduce them to all households and businesses by the end of 2023.

About Confoil

Confoil is a family-owned Australian manufacturer of food packaging since 1966. Our humble beginnings commenced as we embarked on the design and manufacturing of a wide variety of foil trays and containers. Since that time, our diverse range of products has grown substantially, with our range now consisting of more than 450 individual food packaging items. We supply to a variety of customers, from distributors to food manufacturers. Our head office and manufacturing facility is located in Bayswater, Melbourne. Confoil employs approximately 150 people and also has operations throughout New Zealand. Further information at www.confoil.com.au.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.

Source: https://www.basf.com/global/en/media/news-releases/2022/06/p-22-270.html

Compost Connect is a brand-agnostic and not-for-profit initiative that aims to divert organic waste from landfill by connecting foodservice businesses to composters and certified compostable packaging suppliers.

Businesses can sign up by heading to the Compost Connect website, typing in their suburb or postcode, finding the nearest compost partner to them and requesting a quote to start their organic waste collection. Compost Connect club members can also get a free front-of-house compost bin and signage to let their customers know they are composting.

The platform also connects end users to responsible cafes and councils who compost, end users can find this by simply looking up their postcodes on the Compost Club Members Map.

Since the launch of the platform in May 2021, Compost Connect has achieved amazing results. They have partnered with 28 organic waste collectors across Australia and New Zealand and 18 distributors of compostable packaging.

A whopping 348 businesses have signed up and joined the Compost Club, participating in the diversion of an average of 2,700 Tons of organic waste per year.

Education on organics recycling and how composting fits into the circular economy, is a top priority for Compost Connect. Resources are shared via the blog, Facebook & Instagram and a
newsletter.

With an average of 6,000 website sessions per month and a gain of 8,915 followers on Social Media in the past year, it’s clear the topic of composting is rapidly gaining momentum.

Compost Connect also maps out councils providing Food Organics and Garden Organics
collection to their communities. From their latest study, out of the 536 councils in Australia, 108 currently offer a FOGO/green bin service to their residents, from which 73 accept compostable packaging. Check if your council offers composting on this page.

The next steps for this organisation are to grow the number of partnerships with composters and foodservice businesses, encourage councils to rapidly implement food organics collection, and to involve all stakeholders in the wider value chain, with the goal to develop Compost Connect as a true Product Stewardship for compostable packaging. Visit the website for more information and help fight climate change by composting!

The Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA), in partnership with the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), has announced the winners of the annual ABA Scholarship program for Australia and New Zealand.

The Scholarship program enables one eligible candidate the opportunity to undertake a Diploma in Packaging Technology valued at $9,000 and a second person the opportunity to undertake a Certificate in Packaging valued at $7,000.

Certificate in Packaging Winner

The winner of the first 2022 ABA Scholarship which enables one person to undertake a Certificate in Packaging is Lea Reynolds AAIP, Commercialisation Manager, Steggall Nutrition.

Lea has been working at Steggall Nutrition for the last 11 years and has  always been involved in and have been primarily responsible for managing the packaging requirements for the clients.

The knowledge that I have gained through undertaking courses with the AIP over the past few years has been most valuable in both her professional and personal life. Lea struggles to believe that as early as the year 2050 we will be in a global crisis if we don’t find a way to live in a circular economy and to achieve sustainability.

Lea believes sustainability is having the ability to meet the needs of our social, economic and environmental requirements without compromising or taking away the same needs and requirements of our future generations. To her Lea even the smallest of changes can grow into something much bigger.

Through embracing and undertaking further education, she would like to assist in educating others to make more environmentally friendly and sustainable packaging decisions, and more importantly educate her own children who can continue to educate future generations.

For Lea being awarded this invaluable opportunity would mean that she could continue to learn and grow as the industry changes and be confident in the information that she has learned to tackle challenges and to make informed decisions.

Diploma in Packaging Winner

The winner of the second 2022 ABA Scholarship which will enable one person to undertake a Diploma in Packaging Technology is Mark Saturnino MAIP, Packaging Specialist, Woolworths.

Mark’s relationship with Packaging was apparently not love at first sight and for a long time he considered himself part of that faction where packaging is just a physical form, taken for granted and ironically almost invisible the way it has been regarded. So how did Mark end up accepting his first job offer, knowing it involved packaging, let alone to be the one responsible in developing its form?

Unaware for a long time, it turned out he already had this connection with Packaging that was brewing whilst he was doing his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. Mark’s interests and passion in materials, their end-to-end processing, and the encompassing interplay of different sciences became evident during this time. To him it was never dull and disengaging to learn about different feedstock substrates and their properties, and the material transformation they go, including the environmental and commercial considerations needed to be mindful of for the practical application of these concepts in real life scenarios.

Once Mark realised this common ground between packaging development and his interests, he decided making a career in this field. Mark believes that undertaking the Diploma in Packaging degree will enable him to truly fill in the knowledge voids and become closer to his professional goals and personal aspirations. Once completing his degree, Mark would like to be seen as an emerging leader in this industry and engage in discussing problems relating to the Elimination of Food Waste and Packaging Waste.

The AIP would like to take this opportunity to commend the ABA for providing such invaluable professional development to the industry.