10 Feb '12, 1pm

UK Retailers Test-Drive Greener Fruit Packaging to Cut Food Waste

UK Retailers Test-Drive Greener Fruit Packaging to Cut Food Waste

Two U.K. supermarkets are testing packaging technology that promises to extend the shelf life of tomatoes, strawberries and other fruits. Marks & Spencer and Tesco are each committed to reducing packaging and food waste, both through company-led programs and the industry-wide Courtauld Commitment . Lowering those waste figures takes many tactics, and the latest being trialed by the retailers are strips made by It's Fresh that absorb the gas that makes fruit ripen and get moldy. The strips contain a mixture of minerals and clay that remove ethylene, a gas given off by ripening fruit that accelerates ripening, from inside packaging. Marks & Spencer plans to add the strips to packaging for various fresh berries over the coming months, estimating that the strips will keep the fruit fresh for up to two extra days, BusinessGreen reported . A previous test of the strips led to on...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2012/02/10/uk-retailers-test...

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