Turf Croft Herbs, supplied by organic food delivery service Abel & Cole, are now packaged in TIPA's compostable zipper bags, replacing 60,000 bags of herbs from its extras range with a fully certified, home-compostable alternative. 

Abel & Cole connected Turf Croft Herbs with TIPA to give them a compostable alternative that seeks to keep its products fresh.

According to the company, TIPA's technology performs like a conventional plastic but decomposes back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics, or other pollutants. Its packaging solutions also reportedly fit with existing industry machinery and manufacturing practices.

Speaking on the collaboration, Stef Sahmel, head of sustainability at Abel & Cole, said: "Since the business started over 30 years ago, we've always tried to keep our packaging innovative and considered, looking at its sourcing, performance, and ease of disposal by our customers, but finding a suitable packaging solution for loose produce such as our herbs has, until now, proven challenging.

“With TIPA, however, we've found something robust and moisture-retentive, keeping our herbs in fantastic condition and reducing food waste, with a material that our customers can compost at home."

Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and co-founder of TIPA, added: "UK consumers depend on leading retailers like Abel & Cole, whose support for low-waste packaging solutions has encouraged organic produce suppliers to choose truly circular solutions like compostable packaging.

“Abel & Cole has enabled their customers to choose sustainable options that support healthy ecosystems, which we depend on for nutritious organic fruit and vegetables."