Fresh produce labelling leader Sinclair Systems has announced that it has commercialised what it has called the first and only compostable fruit label.
The labels, which Sinclair has said are a 'first for the produce industry', are made from Polyactic Acid (PLA), which is a thermoplastic-polyester material derived from renewable sources.
"Validated through various trials and development, the Sinclair Compostable label may undergo industrial composting and they disappear without leaving any harmful impact," the group revelead. "The Sinclair Compostable Label disintegrates in 22 weeks in accordance with test methods ASTM D5338 modified and ISO 16929 modified."
The new label is compatible with all of Sinclair’s hi-speed, tray-labelling and hand-labelling equipment, and is suitable for use on all types of loose produce – the perfect complement to organic product and fruit which has a non-edible skin such as avocados, kiwifruit and citrus.
"It's important to our organisation to be able to introduce a sustainable alternative that is environmentally friendly and green," noted Bill Hallier, president and CEO of Sinclair. "We were approached about two years ago by Zespri and through a concerted effort of testing and criteria, we are able to introduce this innovation to the industry.
"The label is engineered to withstand the rigorous elements throughout the global supply chain, yet degrade at the appropriate time," he added. "We couldn't be happier with the results."