New compostable biofilm bag keeps carrots fresher

Organic home delivery service Abel & Cole has developed what it claims is the UK's first fully compostable vegetable bag, which in addition to cutting down on packaging waste, also keeps produce fresh for longer.

Image: Abel & Cole
Image: Abel & Cole

The company worked with Finnish biomaterials company Bioska to develop the new packaging, made from bio-polyester derived from corn starch. The bags remain clear of condensation and can decompose in six to eight weeks.

Abel & Cole head of production Will Robinson said: "From time to time, some of our carrots became dehydrated in our veg boxes as the cardboard can draw out the moisture in them and make them a bit bendy. We knew this wasn't good enough so looked around for a solution which helped our carrots and was good for the environment."

He added: "We've always focused on keeping packaging to a minimum, with returnable boxes and eco chill boxes made from sheep wool so to develop something which keeps our veg extra fresh and which can go into the compost heap is just amazing."

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