UK-based bread subscription service Earth & Wheat has switched to home-compostable packaging bags, Food & Drink Processing & Packaging (FDDP) has reported.

Earth & Wheat’s new bags were developed in collaboration with compostable packaging solution provider Treetop Biopak.

The water-resistant packaging is designed to start decomposing after 12 weeks before biodegrading fully over 12 months.

During the biodegrading process, it decomposes into carbon dioxide (CO₂), water and biomass without leaving harmful residue.

It is certified according to OK Home Compost and EN/13432 standards and suitable for use in short shelf-life food products such as bakery items.

Earth & Wheat founder James Eid said: “Our mission is to reduce food waste in the UK but we’re always looking at innovative ways to become more sustainable, so we’re delighted to partner with Treetop Biopak.

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“By using their compostable bags in our Earth & Wheat boxes, we have found a great alternative to using plastic which can be harmful to our environment.

“The bags are durable, puncture-resistant and water-resistant, but will still decompose and become one with nature over time.”

Eid launched Earth & Wheat last March with the goal of minimising food waste at the point of production.

The company recovers bread and other baked goods that would otherwise be discarded due to its size or appearance.

Treetop Biopak was founded by Amir Gross in March 2020 and offers a range of compostable packaging materials such as cling film, stretch film and shrink wrap.

Gross said: “At Treetop Biopak, we are passionate about the benefits of compostable packaging, not only to stop plastic pollution, but also to assist nature to regenerate and replenish soil with more healthy compost.

“Earth & Wheat is all about reducing waste and by using compostable packaging, Earth & Wheat’s customers are reducing their single-use plastic waste and helping the environment.

“Our new bags will help to ensure a more sustainable circular economy.”