Curiosities partners with Parkside to introduce compostable VSP film laminate
Flexible packaging specialist Parkside has developed a compostable vacuum skin pack (VSP) laminate for The Curiosities Company’s range of cured bacon – the first pre-packed bacon available in the UK suitable for home and industrial compostable packaging.
The new pack supports The Curiosities Company’s vision of ‘being a sustainable innovator’ in the delicatessen industry. Comprising a duplex laminate manufactured from cellulose and bio-polymers, the pack extends the shelf life of the bacon thanks to its hermetic seal and high oxygen barrier design.
The compostable laminate is made from tree and plant fibers and is designed to break down within 26 weeks in a home composting environment, gaining accreditation from TUV (formerly Vincotte). The laminate forms the inner pack of the product, contained within an FCS accredited outer pack that is sourced from sustainable forests and is 100 percent recyclable.
The Curiosities Company owner and founder Simon Warrick said: ‘When I started this company, I envisioned creating a business that went above and beyond to ensure its products were market-leading in terms of sustainability. This is my first venture into compostable packaging, and I wanted to ensure it would add to the value of the product.
‘The packaging created by Parkside is extremely innovative and takes our brand to the next level, putting us in pole position to lead the way in sustainable packaging for the chilled sector.’
Paul Lenihan, business development manager at Parkside, said: ‘Simon heard about our range of compostable packaging via the media and approached us with the aim of producing something similar for his deli products. It was a great project to be involved in due to the nature of the product, a new food category for Parkside and an exciting step forward for the industry.’