Optibac, a producer of healthy bacteria supplements, has worked with Parkside to create a compostable pouch for Kids Gummies – its new, all-natural probiotic supplement for children aged 3+.

The new pack will form part of the Parkside Park2Nature portfolio. This range of TUV-accredited, compostable flexible packaging laminates are made from renewable resources such as ethically-sourced plant fibres.

Parkside says that this range also enables robust product protection through the food supply chain, while providing enhanced shelf-life capabilities, alongside meeting strict food hygiene standards.

The packaging is fully home compostable and will reportedly break down completely within 26 weeks, gaining accreditation from TUV (formerly Vincotte). The solution has also been tested for eco-toxicity and various other criteria against EN 13432 regulations.

Soraya Janmohamed, marketing director and co-founder of Optibac, said: “Consumers are becoming progressively aware of our environmental impact on the planet, and so eco-friendly packaging was crucial for us moving forward. It’s been challenging, but this new packaging links closely to our core ethics, and Parkside has been instrumental in achieving one of the project’s key objectives – compostable packaging.

“Ethical supplier practices and operating in a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner are at the heart of everything we do. Collaborating with Parkside has been great. Not only do they match our values, but they have also produced an excellent compostable packaging format offering super on-shelf differentiation.”

Staci Bye, new business development manager at Parkside, added: “This was a fascinating project for us to be involved in. Optibac places a real focus on responsible design and their values mirror our own, aligning perfectly with our Park2Nature range. This collaboration enabled us to create an innovative, functional and eco-friendly product for them, providing a new sustainable purchasing choice for the consumer.”