Thursday, February 22, 2024

Detpak launches sugarcane packaging with no-added PFAS

Detpak is the first Australian business to release a range of compostable, no-added PFAS sugarcane plates, bowls and containers called Vanguard.

Promoted as “groundbreaking” compostable packaging made from renewable moulded sugarcane fibre, the range from Eco-Products uses a 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’s global concern about the persistence and toxicity of these chemicals in the environment,” says Detpak Product and Brand General Manager Keith Bishop.

“We’re 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.”

Mr 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,” he says.

APCO CEO Chris Foley says the removal of PFAS from packaging is a priority.

“As Australia’s co-regulator for packaging, APCO has been working closely with [its] members, including Detpak, to identify the presence of PFAS in packaging in Australia and, where it’s identified, phase it out,” he says.

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

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