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Australian supplier of organic apples, R&R Smith, has adopted TIPA’s certified home compostable bags to package 1.5kg bags of Pink Lady and Royal Gala apples.

R&R Smith 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 latest development positions R&R Smith as the country’s first organic company to use fully home compostable packaging, and marks another step in the company’s active efforts to reduce waste in its supply chain. 

With this shift, R&R Smith’s entire produce pack – including packaging and any apple remains – can be fully decomposed in a home compost, or sent to industrial compost in a FOGO bin.

“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 Andrew Smith, managing director of R&R 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.”

TIPA offers high-performance compostable films and laminates to customers around the globe that mimic plastic, and recently expanded into the ANZ market.

Its compostable packaging solutions perform like conventional plastic, and are certified compostable, leaving no waste behind. 

In recent times, more consumers are increasingly looking for sustainable alternatives to traditional plastic packaging, as shown in a recent survey, which showed that 8-in-10 Australian adults believe using compostable packaging is a more effective solution to the plastic waste crisis than recycling plastic. 

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

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

R&R Smith provide apples for well-known brands, including one of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, Woolworths, and Australia’s most awarded cider, Willie Smith’s Organic Cider.

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