Revolutionising packaging with a tray made from rice waste

By Bethan Grylls

- Last updated on GMT

TIPA introduces packaging tray made from rice waste which can use used for a multitude of food products. Credit: TIPA
TIPA introduces packaging tray made from rice waste which can use used for a multitude of food products. Credit: TIPA

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Crafted from wasted rice by-product, the compostable packaging solutions leader says the new trays can not only be disposed of in compost bins in the home, but also recycled due to their 'rare pulp' make-up.

Across the UK, consumers are estimated to use and throw away 100bn pieces of plastic every year. The recent ban on polystyrene takeaway containers, which are made of plastic, has been welcomed by many as one way to drive this number down. However, it has also left businesses needing to find an alternative.  

According to TIPA, its new upcycled rice waste trays are versatile enough to house a variety of products, including fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and hot foods for up to 48 hours. The packaging alternative comes in an array of sizes and shapes and can be used to replace paper and plastic bags as well as boxes.

The packaging is also GM free, bio-based and boasts an extended shelf life, along with being designed with local waste management systems in mind.

“TIPA is focused on delivering innovative solutions to the plastic packaging crisis and our new product sets a benchmark for sustainability, combining both recyclability and composability,”​ commented Daphna Nissenbaum, TIPA’s CEO and co-founder.

“The new paddy straw tray gives incomes to farmers for agricultural waste, boosting the economy in communities who need it the most. Our new packaging gives brands surety by avoiding plastic packaging bans whilst being ethically resourced and sustainable.”

The new packaging is available to purchase in the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia.

In other news, Unilever has granted industry access to patents that support ice storage at higher temperatures. 

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