Products across the manufacturer’s portfolio will now be presented in clear recyclable packaging and corrugated board, also made with 100% recycled material.
All plastics used in the Frank Dale range are now recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and contain 70% recycled plastics, with a minimum of 30% Post Consumer Recycle (PCR) supplied by Charpac.
Edward Miles, managing director of Frank Dale owner Finedale Foods, said: “Removing black plastic entirely from our manufacturing process is a significant step towards Frank Dale becoming a more sustainable, planet-conscious brand.
“Doing so hasn’t come without its challenges, but for us it’s a non-negotiable and necessary change in line with the brand’s commitment to becoming recognised as an environmentally responsible choice for professional chefs and caterers.”
Aside from preventing tonnes of black plastic from going to landfill, the changes will also lead to ultimately less energy being used across the supply chain – recycling clear plastic requires less energy than to produce new plastic.
Reducing carbon footprint
Jon Glazier, sales director of CSB Packaging who supplies Frank Dales corrugated cardboard, added: “Investing in the state-of-the-art 2.5m BHS Corrugator in 2019 has meant we’ve been able to support brands like Frank Dale achieve their ongoing sustainability goals and move their production processes forward to ensure a reduced carbon footprint.
“We continue to look ahead and explore the very latest packaging innovations to ensure we remain at the top of our game when it comes to providing quality solutions that work for our customers.”
Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s is set to save 140 tonnes of plastic a year by removing single-use plastic trays from its whole chicken range and switching to flexible film packaging that can be recycled via its front-of-store recycling points.