Australian biodegradable plastic company Plantic Technologies Ltd. has launched its bioplastic trays in the European market.
Nestle UK Ltd. will use the trays for its Nestle Dairy Box range of chocolates.
The thermoformed trays are starch-based and disintegrate on contact with water. They decompose within three months when left on a compost heap.
Frank Glatz, Plantic's European operations general manager, said Nestle was the first European company to publicly announce its use of the trays. The Plantic product has been sold in the Australian market for two years and Glatz said Nestle's decision to use it validates the benefits of technology to the environment.
“We know people of all ages like to see the tray disappear when it gets wet,” he said.
Glatz said Plantic, which has subsidiaries in Germany and the Netherlands, expects more announcements of the product's uses. Plantic is working on water-resistant bioplastic trays for wet or moist goods.
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