A COMPANY supplying wholefoods has it all wrapped up.
Elland-based Suma Foods is set to use the most environmentally-friendly packaging available for its range of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, pulses and snacks..
Spokesman Andrew Mackintosh said: “Suma has been wholesaling wholefoods, eco-friendly products and fair trade goods for over three decades and in that time has introduced a number of products which are now accepted as the norm in mainstream grocery.
“April 1 sees us introducing another innovation previously unseen in the UK food market.
“A recent repackaging exercise led to developments that could fundamentally change recycling in flexible food packaging.
“We discovered, through one of our commercial partners, that the same technology that can recycle plastic bottles into more plastic bottles could be applied to flexible food packaging like bags of fruit or nuts.
“Not only is the carbon footprint of the process lower than any other packaging medium, but it also means that the packaging itself is 100% recyclable.”
The UK creates more than 3m tonnes of plastic waste each year – with an estimated 56% of all plastics waste being derived from packaging, three-quarters of which is from households. It is estimated that only 7% of total plastic waste is currently being recycled.
From April, the full range of Suma’s packaged dried fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, pulses and snacks will be in this recycled and fully recyclable packaging, representing more than 250 product lines.
Said Mr Mackintosh: “Our customers trust us to make ethical decisions on their behalf and we are confident that this form of packaging has the potential to make a great deal of difference environmentally.”