As environmental concerns rise ever higher up the agenda, innovation in packaging is taking place within the packaging industry. Additives can be added which causes polythene to degrade harmlessly upon exposure to sunlight. Biothene causes a catalysed reaction which breaks down the long molecular chains in the material, allowing polythene products to degrade harmlessly in landfill within 12 to 18 months.

There is now a vast range of biodegradeable plastics and films available, and although the cost can be slightly higher than conventional materials, it allows companies to produce fully compostable packaging, ideal for convenience food such as sandwiches, coffee cups and similar packaging that is used in large quantities and often has to be disposed of in a standard bin by the consumer.

To discuss possible options, please contact Gm Design & Development for further information.