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Abel & Cole introduce pioneering compostable packaging film in the UK

Organic food delivery company Abel & Cole has improved the shelf life of its produce with an ingenious Finnish invention: easily processable and transparent biodegradable packaging film


“We looked at many packaging sources to see what is the best to recycle or compost, what was GMO free and what keeps our product quality as high as possible,” says Will Robinson, Head of Production at Abel & Cole. “And Plastiroll really lived up to its promises.“

Plastiroll’s Bioska 506 film is made from fully compostable and biodegradable raw materials and does not contain any genetically modified organisms. It can be easily disposed of by composting at home or in a normal bin where it decomposes within a few months.

“What makes this film unique is that it’s clear, transparent and completely biodegradable,” says Jukka Suvisalmi, Sales Manager at Plastiroll. “In addition, it’s a multilayered film which means we can combine several biopolymers and tailor the film’s functional properties according to its use, like how it breaths and how much moisture gets through.”



According to Plastiroll’s testing the packaging film can extend the shelf life of some fresh produce by up to one month while quickly expiring fruit and vegetables like lettuce, mushrooms and strawberries can last 1-2 weeks longer. The hope is the film will significantly reduce costly food and packaging waste.

Abel & Cole have been pioneers in ethically sourced, organic food products and home deliveries since 1988. Sustainability is a core value for the company which is passionate about recycling, favours minimal packaging, donates food waste to charities and plans delivery routes based on eco-efficiency.