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Tipa crafts food tray from rice waste for at-home composting and recycling

#Tipa crafts food tray from rice waste for at-home composting and recycling

09 Nov 2023 — Tipa has launched a fully compostable and recyclable tray made from the waste product of rice. The trays, designed to prevent air pollution from burning agricultural waste, offer an eco-conscious alternative to traditional plastic packaging. 

With the recent ban on polystyrene takeaway containers in Wales, England and Scotland, Tipa’s trays can accommodate various products, from fruits and vegetables to baked goods and hot foods, maintaining their temperature for up to 48 hours.

With the UK discarding 100 billion pieces of plastic annually, the plastic takeaway bans have heightened the demand for sustainable alternatives, leaving businesses searching for viable options

Daphna Nissenbaum, Tipa’s CEO and co-founder, emphasizes the sustainability benchmark set by the new product, stating: “Tipa is focused on delivering innovative solutions to the plastic packaging crisis and our new product sets a benchmark for sustainability, combining both recyclability and composability.”

“The new paddy straw tray gives incomes to farmers for agricultural waste, boosting the economy in communities who need it the most. Our new packaging gives brands surety by avoiding plastic packaging bans while being ethically resourced and sustainable.”

Upcycling agricultural waste
The GM-free, bio-based packaging offers extended shelf life and can seamlessly integrate with local waste management systems. The trays are available in various sizes and shapes and are a durable and effective alternative to traditional plastic bags or boxes. 

The natural appearance and texture of the packaging enhance the visual appeal of products, adding an organic touch to their presentation. 

Tipa’s new packaging is now available in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia. 

The launch of this innovative product follows Tipa’s acquisition and expansions with companies in the US, including two of the largest packaging manufacturers, PPC Flexible Packaging and Clearview Packaging, and specialty film manufacturer Charter Next Generation.

By Radhika Sikaria

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