The Star Group of Companies is researching a move towards bio-plastics in packaging innovation. Using peels and waste from its fresh cut operation, Sliced FC, The Star Group is pursuing cellulose based packaging options to close the circle.
‘If we can use pineapple peels and the rinds from melons to create bio-based plastics in the future, it is a huge win. These bio-plastics need to be high performing and cost effective. This is where we are focusing our attention with scientists and researchers,’ commented David Karwacki, CEO of The Star Group.
Research is being done across North America to convert feed stock into bio-plastics. Corn in the US and Canada, sugar cane in Brazil, and Canola in Europe are common sources of feedstock being used. Scientists are working on solutions for bio-plastics that are clearer with better vapor barriers for long shelf life and better yield off of feedstock for inexpensive bioplastics alternatives.
Jordan Thomson from Ontario Genomics shares, ’The beverage industry is moving towards bio-based plastic bottles rather than the current petroleum-based plastic. Research in this area is progressing very quickly and could offer innovative alternatives for the fresh produce industry.’
The Star Group continues to lead in innovation by partnering with the entire supply chain to offer consumers the sustainable alternatives they are looking for.