• Detpak's Vanguard claims to be first to market with its range of compostable, no-added PFAS sugarcane plates, bowls and containers.
    Detpak's Vanguard claims to be first to market with its range of compostable, no-added PFAS sugarcane plates, bowls and containers.
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Packaging solutions company Detpak has released the Vanguard range of compostable, no-added PFAS sugarcane plates, bowls and containers, in what the company claims is an Australian market first.

The Vanguard range, which is part Detpak’s Eco-Products portfolio, uses a unique proprietary formulation to achieve grease resistance without relying on the addition of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).

“While understanding about the human health effects of long-term, low-level PFAS exposure is still developing, there is global concern about the persistence and toxicity of these chemicals in the environment,” said Detpak product and brand general manager Keith Bishop.

“We are working with our customer base on phasing out PFAS from their products and materials, and the introduction of the Vanguard range is a key milestone of our strategy in phasing out added PFAS from our entire product range,” Bishop said.

Aside from being the first to market, Bishop says Detpak will be the exclusive retailer of the Vanguard range in Australia.

“Detpak’s launch of the Vanguard range aligns with the group’s global sustainability targets, including increasing its percentage of products which meet or exceed APCO’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines,” Bishop said.

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) CEO Chris Foley has flagged the removal of PFAS from packaging as a priority.

“As Australia’s co-regulator for packaging, APCO, has been working closely with our members, including Detpak, to identify the presence of PFAS in packaging in Australia and, where it is identified, phase it out,” said Foley.

“The support of APCO’s industry members is crucial to the success of this work and to the goal of eliminating PFAS in packaging in Australia,” he said.

The Vanguard compostable packaging range is currently in market and available throughout Australia.

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