A MELBOURNE-based packaging company has won its first major customer in the European market. Plantic Technologies has signed a contract with Nestle in the UK for the use of its innovative bioplastic for the trays in the food giant's Dairy Box chocolate range.
The Dairy Box tray is the largest product line currently using Plantic bioplastic, with over six million trays per year used for the product. Plantic's bioplastic is said to have a lower environmental impact than petrochemical plastics while still providing the protection, presentation and economics that plastic packaging is expected to deliver.
Plantic's bioplastic is made from starch derived from maize, a renewable resource, and is compostable and biodegradable. Its most unusual feature is that it begins to disintegrate within moments on contact with water. It will also disintegrate within three months when placed in a compost heap. For further information visit www.plantic.com.au.