Glasgow-based company Robert Cullen has become the first UK company to gain compostable packaging certification for a product made from recycled materials.
Trading as Cullen Packaging, the company can now display the Seedling Logo on its soft produce trays for fruit, veg and funghi.
The product is one of only a handful of certified compostable packaging products in the world made from recyclable materials.
Cullen’s recycles waste from its core business of manufacturing cardboard boxes to make soft produce trays for packaging fruit, vegetables and funghi in grocers and supermarkets.
With the Seedling Logo, customers will be able to dispose of the trays in their food waste caddy for kerbside collection.
Cullen Packaging manufacturing, quality and systems manager Ken Blake said: “We’re delighted that our commitment to the environment in producing clean technology products has been officially mandated by this certification. Our cost-effective and environmentally friendly products are designed to reduce labour costs and save space while providing superior protection.
“In line with food industry objectives to replace harmful plastic waste currently going to landfill, our products are being introduced to fruit packers and supermarket shelves throughout the country, and we are proud to be the first company in the UK to set the standard for the future.”
The product is certified under the European Bioplastics certification scheme for ‘products made of compostable materials’, which is managed by Berlin-based certification body DIN CERTCO. The scheme is operated in the UK by Renewable Energy Association subsidiary REAL.