Westaways Produce UK’s First Compostable Meat Packaging
Devon based, Westaways Sausages have become the first meat producer in the UK to use a revolutionary packaging that will disintegrate naturally in the compost; a major milestone in the ongoing war against plastic-use.
For 18 months, Westaways sausages have been packed in trays made with Forestry Stewardship Certified cardboard which is recyclable or compostable and already more than a million packs have been sold. But it is a revolutionary cling-film style wrapping which has allowed Westaways to make the 100 per cent eco-friendly claim. Devon sausage-maker Charles Baughan says:
“If you walk down a meat or dairy aisle in a supermarket you will see that just about every product is wrapped in plastic. As a company that cares about the environment, we asked ourselves why that should be? This new wonder material will change our industry. It is strong, highly stretchable, glossy and, best of all, compostable.”
Mr Baughan explained:
“It is a bioplastic – bioplastics are defined by European Bioplastics as being either biodegradable or made from a plant-base. In a compost heap it will fully disintegrate within six months and fully biodegrade within a further six months without leaving any microplastic traces.”
Westaways Making Eco-Friendly Changes
Westaways carried out exhaustive research before making the move and invested in machinery that has been designed to incorporate the new film wrap.
Devon’s ‘sausage king’ made headlines by creating a market for British bangers in Asia and by developing innovative products such as Sausage Hoops and giant 3m long Sausage Whirls.
“I have seen the damage plastics can do and so am passionate about doing something to make a difference. Large corporations and supermarket chains had the same opportunity to do something about the problem, but it has taken our relatively small Devon company to lead the way and develop what we hope will become an industry standard. The example we have set changes the way we do things in the food industry and other companies should follow our lead – which would result in the environment being freed of thousands of tons of plastic.”
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