The thermoforming manufacturer has partnered with OGGS cruelty-free cakes to launch BreakdownPET food trays made from fully recyclable material, which breaks down to biomass within a decade, rather than centuries.
Hailing the product as a ‘ready meal’ for hungry micro-organisms, breaking down the polymer chains of the material at a faster rate than conventional decomposition in landfill, OGGS has chosen to launch a selected range using BreakdownPET for two cupcakes, four flow-wrap, four mince pies and nine hinged cavity packs.
OGGS offers vegan-friendly cakes free of animal products and uses the first liquid egg substitute for its cakes and pastries.
Hannah Carter, CEO, OGGS, part of Alternative Foods, said the companycame across BreakdownPET on Macpac’s website and was keen to explore ‘this ground-breaking material’ for its products.
“Breakdown PET still offers 100% recycled content and is fully recyclable as standard PET, but with distinct advantages,” she said.
"As a business, our focus has always been on creating a product that is friendly to the Planet, Animals and People and weren’t prepared to compromise on our packaging.
“Despite being told by several packaging companies that food grade packaging made from 100% recycled material was not achievable, Macpac took up the challenge and worked with us to achieve food trays that are not only made from 100% recyclable material but is also 100% bio-degradable in landfill."
OGGS, producers of the world’s first patented liquid egg substitute, collaborated closely with the packaging designers and manufacturers at Macpac to ensure every part of their supply chain is as ethical as possible and the packaging, made from raw material, protects its products.
Using food grade recycled PET packaging containing 100% recycled content, that was 100% recyclable in the waste stream, was a prerequisite by the client.
Macpac specialises in bespoke designs across brands in the bakery and confectionery sector, among others, and has its own in-house design team with CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine park, in the UK.