US-based material technology company Footprint has partnered with SAMBAZON, a supplier of certified fair-trade and organic açaí products, to develop a sustainable packaging solution.

As part of the multi-year agreement, the partners will use Footprint’s proprietary technology to develop plant-based fibre solutions for use in SAMBAZON’s ready-to-eat açaí bowls.

The ready-to-eat açaí bowls are a frozen product claimed to have a 15-month shelf life.

Footprint founder and CEO Troy Swope said: “We are thrilled to bring our design and manufacturing innovation to support SAMBAZON’s Packaging ‘Eco-mmitment’ as they bring their certified fair trade and organic açaí to the freezer in a plastic-free, ready-to-eat bowl.

“We look forward to continuing to provide industry leaders like SAMBAZON the opportunity to transition away from single-use plastic with a plant-based fibre solution that is at price and performance-parity to plastic.”

Through this partnership, SAMBAZON will receive millions of units from Footprint to expand the national distribution of its açaí bowls.

The agreement is in line with SAMBAZON’s commitment to using plant-based and post-consumer recycled packaging for all its US retail products by 2025.

SAMBAZON CFO and COO Ricardo Perdigao said: “As a triple bottom line business, reducing our impact through packaging is a priority.

“Our partnership with Footprint has enabled us to deliver our fair trade and organic certified açaí to the world in packaging aligned with our sustainability goals, paving the way for a zero-waste future, and minimising our impact on the environment.”

Founded in 2014, Footprint designs, develops and manufactures biodegradable, compostable and recyclable products using plant-based fibre technology.

The company aims to provide solutions that can eliminate single-use and short-term-use plastics from the global food chain.

Last December, it announced plans to become a publicly listed company through a merger agreement with Gores Holdings VIII.