Denny goes 100% compostable for SPAR
Denny Mushrooms has launched new sustainable packaging with 100% compostable punnets for selected SPAR shops around the country.
“As the market leader, we supply roughly half the nation’s mushrooms, so this pioneering move is a massive boost for sustainable practices aimed at protecting the planet and healthy living,” says its press release.
The compostable punnets are made from bagasse, the natural by-product of sugarcane processing i.e. the fibre that remains after sugarcane stalks are crushed to extract their juice. The pulp requires minimal processing and elemental chlorine free (ECF) bleaching to turn it into a woven, high-strength paper that is biodegradable and compostable.
The compostable punnet and recyclable shrink-wrap covering result in a sustainably packaged product.
CEO of Denny Mushrooms, Ryan Cotterell, says: “Our 100% compostable punnet gives us the opportunity to lead the way and do what is right for the environment. This initiative supports the wholesome nature of our product and Denny is incredibly proud to be pioneering new ground.
“The new punnet further improves their business practices to reduce their impact on their environment. Mushrooms are not only good for you, but they’re good for the environment too.”
Denny’s mushrooms are grown using waste from wheat production (straw) and chicken farming, together with a reverse osmosis water purification process. The spent substrate (compost) from the mushroom growing process is then used to return nutrients back to the soil in the agricultural sector.
“By taking steps to add environmentally responsible packaging as an alternative for consumers, Denny is yet closer to its brand vision of a 360° Health Cycle for the future,” concludes Cotterell.