All-natural snack brands take holistic approach with award-winning compostable packaging

By Gill Hyslop

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All Real protein bars are wrapped in packaging that fully breaks down within 26 weeks. Pic: Parkside
All Real protein bars are wrapped in packaging that fully breaks down within 26 weeks. Pic: Parkside

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All Real Nutrition chose Parkside’s innovative Park2Nature compostable packaging for its first-ever range of all-natural protein bars.

The Irish snack brand collaborated with the UK packaging solutions provider to tailor packaging for its new snack range that provides a practical sustainable option that benefits the environment, without compromising performance.

The Park2Nature packaging – which took a decade of research and development – uses bio-based paper and metallised NatureFlex cellulose films, manufactured by Futamura from sustainably sourced wood pulp.

The packaging fully breaks down within 26 weeks, depending on the efficiency of the compost setting. The materials then return to the soil, leaving no adverse effects on the environment.

The award-winning Park2Nature range boasts over 20 TUV accredited compostable structures. The company scooped a duo of WorldStar Packaging Awards – organised the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and touted as the premier international award in the packaging calendar – at the end of last year.

Earlier this year, Parkside also collaborated with Pursu Endurance Nutrition to take its mission of being a sustainable and ethical innovator in the sports nutrition sector a step further with compostable packaging for its rollout of vegan energy bars.

Aligned in values and ethos

“We are delighted to announce this progression into 100% compostable packaging. Our collaboration with Parkside has enabled us to achieve an all-round compostable, organic and certified product, with packaging that does not compromise the overall quality of our protein bars,”​ said Nial Harty, cofounder of All Real Nutrition.

“Responsible design and manufacturing are core to our business, which makes the partnership with Parkside a natural fit.”

Staci Bye, new business development manager at Parkside, said: “The values and ethos of [All Real Nutrition] fit perfectly with our Park2Nature range of compostable packaging, and it has been great working with the team to deliver this great looking solution.”

Yorkshire-headquartered Parkside specialises in compostable, recyclable, paper-based and flexible packaging solutions for the food & drink, personal & household care and tobacco sectors.

Parkside also provided the Addo Food Group with a 100% recyclable and reclosable pack for its Tesco-branded mini sausage rolls and pasties. The reclose feature of the packaging supports industry efforts to help stem the staggering 88m tonnes of food wasted annually, by retaining moisture within the pack and preventing the product from drying out after opening.

Earlier this year, Parkside celebrated its 15th​ anniversary.

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