EARTH PACKAGING: Compostable packaging solutions that won’t ‘cost the earth’


PACKAGING Innovations will see the launch of Sirane’s Earth Packaging range – compostable food packaging solutions that won’t ‘cost the earth’.

Sirane’s compostable Earth Packaging solutions can really help you boost your green credentials by cutting both packaging waste and food waste.

And a new environmentally friendly stand up pouch, which can be recycled and is compostable – the Earthpouch – should generate some real excitement.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “The market has been crying out for years for a pouch that is free of plastic, is recyclable and is compostable. The Earthpouch, which was launched just after Christmas, is made from a paper with a 100% plastic free heat-sealable coating which is then formed into a preformed stand-up pouch which provides total food security for dry and moist food products.”

Environmentally-friendly packaging is in the news at the moment – particularly following Iceland’s recent ‘plastic free’ commitment - as is reducing food waste, but what if your packaging can actively help contribute to both goals.

Simon Balderson added, said: “The correct food packaging can help to extend the shelf-life of produce, be it meat, seafood, or fresh fruit and vegetables, and it is possible to supply packaging solutions which are also 100% compostable.

“It’s not one or the other, packaging can be environmentally friendly and effective.”

Compostable food packaging from Sirane includes our breathable bags and films for extending the life of fresh produce. Sira-Flex Resolve is a natural biopolymer which we can make into bags or films, and which can extend shelf-life by many days.

Sirane’s Sira-Flex™ Resolve® is a unique plant-based breathable film developed to have the optimum balance between humidity control and O2 and CO2 permeability.

The permeability is temperature dependant so that the perfect atmosphere is maintained inside the pack even if the storage temperature is variable.

Simon Balderson, Sirane’s managing director, said: “The results are remarkable. There is no condensation on the inside of the film and the product does not dry out.

“The package atmosphere is maintained with the optimum balance of atmospheric gases to prevent degradation. In simple terms, the food lasts longer – but of course in packaging terms it’s fully compostable, so it ticks the green boxes.

“Shelf life extension of several days and more is achieved for many products. The film is suitable for all types of vegetables including salads as well as fresh fruit.”

Other compostable products include our absorbent pads for meat, poultry, seafood and fruit. Many of our Dri-Fresh absorbent products can be offered in compostable form – under the name Dri-Fresh Resolve; for Sirane Resolve = compostable.

Jeremy Haydn-Davies, Sirane sales director, said: “Absorbent products can contribute significantly to a product’s ultimate shelf-life; they are there for a reason. But if going green is your aim, they can in most cases be supplied as a compostable product.

“Integrating anti-microbial or anti-bacterial technology, for example, can help extend the shelf-life even further, helping to achieve food waste reduction targets.”

Food waste topped the industry’s agenda in 2017 thanks to Courtauld 2025.

Courtauld 2025 is a 10-year voluntary agreement that brings together organisations across the food chain – from producer through to consumer – to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable.

Among its targets are a 20% reduction in food waste in the UK.

Sirane also offers compostable packaging for plants/flowers, including compostable bags and films, and compostable plant pots, as part of our horticultural range.

For more information, contact Jeremy Haydn-Davies on 01952 230055, email or visit our website which is

PACKAGING-INNOVATIONS: Sirane’s two-compartment steam-cook bag in the top 10 innovations

Steam-cooking bag for oven or microwave with two or more compartments

SIRANE’S steam-cooking bag for oven or microwave with two or more compartments that can be filled and sealed independently has been placed in the top 10 innovations at the forthcoming Packaging Innovations Show.

The multi-compartment bag will feature in the Innovations Showcase at the show at the NEC, Birmingham, later this month, having impressed the judging panel.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “This new format is great for retailers – and it’s great to receive recognition from the judges who chose it as one of the top 10 innovations.

“The format allows two (or more) compartments of the bag to be filled separately – and sealed separately. There’s no contamination from one compartment to the next, and they don’t even need to be filled and sealed at the same time, or in the same production facility.

“Of course they can be filled at the same time – over the counter you could add fish with a marinade in one side, and vegetables in the other, making the perfect ‘over-the-counter’ ready meal. One of the benefits of this bag format is its versatility.

“There’s also possibilities for pre-packed meals where fish, for example, is added on one site, that half of the bag is sealed, and then the vegetables added elsewhere and sealed.

“Whether it’s for production reasons or to keep the food separate, because the contents need different cooking times or just because it looks more visually appealing, there’s lots of reasons why a cooking bag like this might be the answer to your problems.

“It’s possible to supply the two compartments with a tear-off perforation, allowing them to be separated by the consumer – different cooking times are no problem, or if the customer wants to cook one in the oven and one in the microwave there’s no problem.”

Sirane will be cooking up a storm at the NEC as we present our popular oven and microwave-ready food packaging solutions at this year’s Packaging Innovations show – and the multi-compartment bag is just one a range of cooking bags on offer.

From steam-cooking bags for the oven or microwave or BBQ bags to nylon roasting bags, multi-compartment bags to stand-up bags, Sirane has a varied range of options.

Jeremy Haydn-Davies, sales director, said: “Cook-in packaging is popular with both the retailers and the consumers, and Sirane has flexible solutions which will allow you to make use of the technology on offer and make it fit without your own supply chain.

“The multi-compartment steam-cooking bag in the innovations gallery is the latest in a list of products we’ve developed over the years where the packaging can be cooked.

“Whether you’re looking for processors to pack or pack in store, over the counter bags or even bags individually-wrapped for use in meal kits, we have numerous options. Recent additions include steam-cooking bags in a stand-up format, ideal for retail presentation.

“We’ve also got our flavoured cooking bags – oven/BBQ bags where flavoured wood chip sachets allow the food to be gently smoked and flavoured during the cooking process.” 

We’ll also be focusing on absorbency and absorbent food packaging; Sirane has a range of absorbent pads for all types of products, including meat, poultry, seafood and fish. Pads available include anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, compostable and ovenable.

Jeremy Haydn-Davies added: “Absorbency is, and always will be, a core part of our business and our expertise – and we’ll be giving it some of our focus at the NEC. We have a wide range of absorbent products available, and the flexibility to make the product with the absorbency you actually need in the size that you actually need it to fit with your packaging.

“And don’t forget, Sirane is a packaging development company, so if you’re interested in finding a solution to a particular problem in your supply chain, and you think we might be able to help, this could be a good opportunity to find out more about Sirane.

“At Sirane we thrive on a challenge, and we’re always looking for problems to solve. We’ve brought a number of products to market over the last few years that began in this way, including our odour-absorbent pads for vac-packed meat and cushioned fruit pads.”

Packaging Innovations takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from February 28-March 1, 2018. Sirane’s stand can be found at E11 – right next to the Eco-Pack Theatre.

For more information on any Sirane food packaging solution, or to make an appointment to meet in Birmingham, email or call 01952 230055.

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