Jamie Lunam, general manager of Jenkins Freshpac Systems, says that home composting is the gold standard and they have been working on it for some time.
Jenkins Freshpac Systems was awarded a gold medal for development and creativity for its industrial compostable label. Now the company has turned its attention to testing and refining a home-compostable fruit label.
“Home compostable is a term that means that the label on your products can simply be added to your garden compost to degrade without a trace, instead of requiring a more intensive, industrial-scale composting system that is not available in many areas of the country. “Says Luna.
The award coincides with Environment Secretary David Parker’s announcement yesterday that single-use labels made from non-compostable plastic will phase out by mid-2023, a move that Lunam can see the benefits of.
“We strongly support the campaign to reduce plastic. Our team and the growers and marketers we work with are passionate about providing sustainable, innovative packaging that minimizes waste. We have already worked together on projects in which around 40,000 kilograms of plastic were disposed of in landfills, ”he says.
Although Jenkins Freshpac Systems supports the pursuit of compostable solutions, Jenkins Freshpac Systems, along with its international partner Sinclair International, a major global fruit label maker, has urged the government to remove fruit labels from the list of single-use plastics in order to phase them out.
“We have been working on sustainable packaging and labeling for over a decade without a government mandate. We are at a stage where no additional resources, funding or constraints will accelerate the process. Work is in full swing, we just need a little more time than the Minister has given us to complete our development process.
“We are in the final stages of testing a label that meets this standard, but it is not effective on all fruits. We will need all the time we can and are concerned that the minister’s goal to be ready by 2023 is too tight for us to have a solution for all products, ”says Lunam.
“Fruit labels play an important role in both product traceability and in protecting our local $ 6 billion horticultural industry. The information contained on this micro-thin sticker enables consumers around the world to identify their sought-after New Zealand products.
“If this important information isn’t on the tiny fruit label, it has to be on larger, less sustainable packaging. So it is very important to use the right labels to reduce waste. Fruit labels actually help unpack products, ”says Lunam.
The government has announced that it will phase out a number of problem plastics and single-use plastics by 2025. With ministry figures showing that kiwifruit throw away an estimated 159 grams of plastic waste every day, we’re one of the largest producers of waste in the world.
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