Seal Packaging has announced what it claims is a home compostable and sustainable takeaway food packaging range, which will be distributed by Tri-Star Packaging while Birley Sandwiches in London will be the first location to use the product. 

Compostabowl, the new foodservice innovation from Seal Packaging, is made from bagasse, a plant-derived fibre material that the company says is “both abundant and renewable”. It adds that the material would otherwise go to waste if not used in the packaging.

According to Seal Packaging, the material used to make Compostabowl gives the product a natural look and feel that signals its “sustainability credentials” to consumers. The product is reportedly certified as fully home compostable.

In addition, the company says that the compact nested design of the packaging saves space in the kitchen and speeds up service. It is apparently suitable for all types of hot and cold food, including salads, noodles, and curries.

Seal Packaging also highlughts the importance of Compostabowl’s “snug-fitting” lid, which it claims ensures maximum presentation while providing a flat surface for vital allergen labelling from Gen-Label. The company says this will allow the packaging to align with Natasha’s law, which came into effect at the beginning of October and requires foods pre-packaged for direct sale to feature a full ingredient list with allergenic ingredients emphasised.

The lid is also reportedly made from 100% recycled PET (rPET) and is recyclable, which the company says further supports the sustainability of the Compostabowl product.

Kevin Curran, director of Seal Packaging, comments: “Compostabowl™ is the first of many new products to come out of the Seal Packaging stable, with two more planned before the end of the year.”

The first client to use Compostabowl in its restaurants will be the London-based sandwich bar, Birley Sandwiches. The foodservice chain says it is aiming to meet consumer demand for sustainable packaging, with Paul Salter, managing director Birley Sandwiches, saying that the new container “will keep us at the forefront of our industry”.

Compostabowl will be distributed in partnership with Tri-Star Packaging, which has previously worked on packaging solutions including the stackable Spartan pot range made from 85% premium high-clarity rPET and its food-to-go pot, JARR, also made from rPET and designed for personalisation