Compostable cutlery deal

South Lanarkshire -based Compostable Packaging has been given the go ahead to mass produce its new product after receiving funding from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).


South Lanarkshire-based Compostable Packaging has been given the go ahead to mass produce its new product after receiving funding from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE).



With funding now in place, Compostable Packaging will manufacture and sell disposable, compostable cutlery to the packaging and catering industry from its headquarters in Larkhall.



Established in May 2007 by managing director Neil Hunter, Compostable Packaging is already said to be attracting interest from throughout the UK and overseas and has contracts in place with Easi Pac in London, Coogan Packaging in Ireland and the Paper Cup Company based in north west England.



Compostable Packaging’s cutlery is made from poly-lactic acid (PLA), which is a corn starch-based material that will begin to break down at 150oF and at 90 per cent humidity. It takes approximately 60 days for the cutlery to completely decompose in these conditions.



Anne Clyde, area manager of UKSE, said: ‘The opportunities for Compostable Packaging are endless, especially as the UK government is moving towards the higher taxation of oil-based food packaging and cutlery. Soon, PLA cutlery will become the only viable option for many companies.



‘In addition to the retail and catering industries, the company will be targeting the travel and leisure markets, which include airline and ferry companies, and we will continue to work alongside Neil and his team as they seek to grow the business.’