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“Greener” mushroom punnets in UK trials

Rigid thermoformed packaging specialist Sharpak has developed a range of mushroom punnets made from a combination of “up to 50%” PP, a “a natural mineral filler” of which the company would not give further details, and post-consumer waste from recycled HDPE milk bottles.

The rotary thermoformed punnets, attracting strong retailer interest and currently being trialled, are said to reduce petrochemical content by up to 50%.

Sharpak says that while currently the goal may be “some way off”, its eventual “vision” is for its packaging to have a zero carbon footprint, contribute nothing to landfill and to be 100% recyclable. Continuing the environmental theme, the new punnets feature a shallower de-nest, enabling more punnets to be packed into outer boxes for fuller lorry loads.

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Sharpak’s new mushroom punnets are currently being trialled and should be commercially available by December