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Pineapple Peels & Waste from Fresh Cut can be used to Create Bio-Based Plastics

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

The Star Group of Companies is researching a move towards bio-plastics in packaging innovation. They believe that if pineapple peels and the rinds from melons can be used to create bio-based plastics in the future then it is a huge win. With the use of peels and waste from its fresh-cut operation, ‘Sliced FC’ - The Star Group of Companies is following cellulose-based packaging options to close the circle.

David Karwacki, CEO of The Star Group said, “These bio-plastics need to be high performing and cost-effective. This is where we are focusing our attention with scientists and researchers”.

Research is being done across North America to change feedstock into bio-plastics. Corn in the US and Canada, sugar cane in Brazil and Canola in Europe are common sources of feedstock being used. Scientists are working on solutions for bio-plastics that are clearer with better vapor blockades for long shelf life and better yield off of feedstock for inexpensive bioplastics alternatives. 

Jordan Thomson from Ontario Genomics said, “The beverage industry is moving towards bio-based plastic bottles rather than the current petroleum-based plastic”. He added “Research in this area is progressing very quickly and could offer innovative alternatives for the fresh produce industry.” 

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