The market for compostable products is expanding, due in part to a growing composting infrastructure.
With major companies like Solo Cup, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart (in Canada), Whole Foods, International Paper, Glad and Dixie Cup offering branded compostable products, there is overwhelming evidence that this marketplace has gone mainstream. Manufacturers, consumers and composters are also paying more attention to whether the products are actually compostable, seeking out the BPI logo. “The composting industry increasingly understands that BPI-approved products will compost appropriately, and that products with faulty claims stand out on the screens at the end,” says Mojo. “This is coupled with legislation in California and Minnesota allowing ASTM D6400 compliant compostable bags in municipal programs instead of ordinary plastic bags. And a number of major retailers like Wal-Mart and Shopper’s Drug Mart in Canada and Whole Foods are utilizing BPI-approved compostable products for their store brand, showing that a broader range of customers are paying attention.”
Food Industry Continues Move to Sustainable Packaging
The food and beverage industry including processors, packagers and tableware manufacturers continues to deliver a greater number of sustainable products to meet growing demand from environmentally-conscious consumers and retailers to lower the environmental impact of their packaging.
According to a recent Datamonitor survey, consumers are starting to make their buying decisions based on concerns about excessive packaging.
As one recent example, Bumble Bee Foods LLC introduced its first 100 percent biodegradable packaging for multipacking its 5-oz cans of Prime Fillet Atlantic Salmon, reports Greener Packaging. The four-pack cans are packaged together by shrink-sleeve labeling supplied and printed by Printpack, Inc., which are manufactured from Earthfirst PLA plant-based, biodegradable, compostable film from Plastic Suppliers, according to the article.