OBI Seafoods, which operates 10 processing plants in Alaska, has met its goal for 100% recyclable packaging on all of its canned salmon brands.
All the cans, lids, labels, holding trays and shrink wrap are included and any plastics used contain at least 30% recyclable materials.
The company is committed to ensuring that its packaging has the lowest possible impact on the planet, said CEO Mark Palmer, and will help their customers reach their sustainability goals.
The move into recyclable packaging also means OBI’s canned products are exempt from a new overseas tax in the UK on single use plastics that goes into effect next April.
OBI is phasing out its old stock and will switch to the new packaging at the start of the new year.
Meanwhile, packaging made from chitin, that multi-use substance found in crab shells, has caught the eye of investors.
Cruz Foam, a packaging company in California, has attracted $2.5 million in seed money to begin producing fully-compostable packages to replace petroleum-based Styrofoam at a similar price.
The crab shell-based material provides the same strength and protective properties but features a nearly 98 percent average bio-breakdown with no adverse effects to the soil.
Cruz Foam said in a press release that they are taking on plastic pollution “at the root” by inventing a versatile, earth-compatible product that requires no recycling and “will help set the standard for the future of packaging and sustainable materials.”