Farnell awarded for biodegradable packaging

Electronic components distributor Farnell has announced that its biodegradable packaging has won Environmental Product/Service of the Year at the UK’s Sustainability Live Environment and Energy Awards.

The solution was implemented by the company in September 2009 to replace polythene packaging for an estimated 3.6 million orders despatched from the company’s European warehouses each year.

The packaging, which is capable of breaking down in an industrial composter or dissolving in hot water, uses patented technology to fully biodegrade without releasing any harmful chemicals into the environment, while offering the same level of component protection as standard static dissipative bags.