Australian organic apple supplier to utilise TIPA’s compostable produce bags for 1.5kg offering

R&R Smith has announced its 1.5kg bags of Pink Lady and Royal Gala apples will now be packaged in TIPA’s home compostable bags.

This move will ensure the leading Australian organic producer’s entire produce pack – including packaging and any apple remains – can be fully decomposed in a home compost or sent to industrial compost.

Managing director Andrew Smith said R&R Smith was Australia’s first organic company to use fully home compostable packaging and the change was just another example of the company’s active effort to reduce waste in its supply chain.

“We know that our customers want sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic and we are extremely proud to introduce the first fully home compostable package for our pre-packaged fruit,” said Smith.

“TIPA has provided the best solution for our produce, and we are pleased that our packaging now returns back to organic matter, making our products fully circular.”

Leading compostable packaging supplier, TIPA, will be supplying the brand’s home compostable produce bags. While researching compostable solutions, R&R Smith said it chose TIPA due to its high regulatory certifications to ensure authenticity, transparency, strength, quality and food safe processing from the orchard to the consumer.

The announcement comes as Australia commits to phasing out all single-use plastic by 2025 in a bid to reduce plastic waste, a move Chen Katz, chief revenue officer of TIPA said consumers were backing.

“Interest in compostable packaging is booming and this has been driven by positive environmental legislation and consumer demand for plastic alternatives,” said Katz.

“TIPA’s technology is prepared to meet this demand, and we are ready to support the Australian market transition to compostable packaging.”