The road to replacing plastic
Organic fresh produce requires maximum effort from farm to table, they take valuable time to grow, harvest and to be delivered to your doorstep.
At this point, packaging is a necessary evil to ensure valuable organic harvests are at their optimum freshness before travelling to get to your table. Packaging also functions as a barrier to avoid cross-contamination. We always try our best when balancing the environmental impact of the packaging against the impact of food waste that would occur without the use of packaging.
Generally, the type of packaging that we use the most for our fresh produce is plastic, since it could allow for produce to be transported in and out of the fridge without turning soggy.
While we realise that eliminating plastic entirely is virtually impossible, we came up with more sustainable options. It took us some time to arrive at, packaging that is more sustainable without compromising the quality of our fresh produce so that our farmers’ efforts are not wasted.
Certified with ‘OK compost’ conformity mark by TUV Austria, this cellulose net is 100% compostable under home or industrial composting environment. In other words, the net is able to disintegrate completely into carbon dioxide, water and biomass, that can be turned into valuable compost in 6 months under industrial composting environment.
Under home compost condition, eg. buried in the backyard, more than 90% of this material can be degraded within 12 months. The cost of this cellulose net is 6 times higher than the usual plastic net, but to us at ZENXIN, it is definitely worth the value since we are able to eliminate 95% of plastic use.
PLA-Laminated Paper Tray
Not only is it compostable, Polylactic acid (PLA) plastic is derived from renewable resource– biomass such as corn, sugar cane, cassava etc, making it a more sustainable alternative than the traditional petroleum-based plastic. Another good thing about PLA is there is NO toxic fume emission when incinerated. By switching our previous PET and Oxium plastic tray into this PLA-laminated paper tray, we are able to achieve 70-80% reduction in plastic usage.
Made from biodegradable film and adhesive, this tape is biodegradable, recyclable and non-toxic to the environment. Compared to our previous packaging using PVC film, this can reduce 65% of non-degradable plastic that could end up in landfill or oceans.