Packaging Advances Using Fruit Byproducts

Researchers at Oregon State University are making advances turning apple waste into environmentally friendly packaging that could eventually offer an alternative to plastic. Recycled newspaper has traditionally been the main ingredient of molded pulp packaging products which are popular as they are compostable. With the supply of recycled newspaper declining, this type of pulp packaging is beginning to wane in popularity and availability. A professor at Oregon State has been studying apple pomace and other fruit and vegetable byproducts including substances left from winemaking as an alternative for newspaper in molded pulp packaging. Currently, the main use of apple pomace is in animal feed, but eventually it could be used to make takeout containers, beverage cartons, and clamshell packaging for fruits and vegetables.

Find this and more information on Packaging and Recycling in our monthly expert-commented regulatory compilation:Decernis_Packaging_Sustainability_Report_Expert_Analysis_January_2022

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Posted on 22 February 2022