CKF, Inc. has expanded its international accreditations for responsible end of life disposal of packaging by meeting the Australian Home Compostability standard, AS 5810 (2010) for the Earthcycle™ line of produce packaging.
The packaging was tested by the recognized and accredited third-party lab, OWS N.V and met the stringent guidelines, including 90 percent biodegradation and no toxic effect on compost. CKF is now applying for the Australian seedling logo for its customers to display on retail packaging.
Obtaining the certification is critical for the expansion of Earthcycle packaging in the region, including for one of CKF’s clients, Fresh Berry Co Pty Ltd. “Proof that Earthcycle meets Australian standards for home composability sets us apart—not only do we have a package that is 90 percent less plastic for our berries and tomatoes, but we now have a package that meets stringent retailer requirements for certifications,” says John Pettinella, product development director at Fresh Berry Co. “We introduced the CKF product to the Australian market three years ago with the knowledge that CKF would support our initiatives and meet the requirements specific to Australia. We can now provide further support to retail customers with our fresh produce presented in a package their consumers can either home compost directly or recycle.”
The Earthcycle™ line of produce packaging now meets the Australian Home Compostability standard, AS 5810 (2010).
Earthcycle packaging resonates with the growing segment of consumers trying to reduce their use of single-use plastics and shop responsibly. In a June 2019 global survey done by Accenture, 77 percent of those surveyed felt plastic was the least environmentally friendly packaging and close to one-quarter of consumers choose to no longer purchase food that is packaged in plastic¹.
“CKF extended our list of independent environmental credentials to include the AS 5810 (2010) standards for home compostability for two reasons: we believe in the Australian market and we believe in Fresh Berry Co.,” says Brad Dennis, vice-president, sales and marketing. “We recognize that international markets are unique in their approaches to sustainable packaging and for Australian growers and retailers, certification to home compostable standards developed by and for the Australian market was important to meet. We want to support the work being done by Fresh Berry Co to develop the market for Earthcycle packaging in the country.”
Earthcycle produce packaging is also certified home compostable to European standards and considered widely recyclable in wastepaper streams and is FSC® (C145472) certified.
¹Accenture Chemicals Global Consumer Sustainability Survey, 2019