Canadian company NIKU Farms has committed to using Green Cell Foam insulated packaging for its farm-to-door meat subscription boxes.

The company will replace its 100% curbside recyclable packaging with the new material.

NIKU Farms co-founder Luke Armstrong said: “Food subscription boxes are rising in popularity, but often they create excessive plastic waste.

“By using Green Cell Foam packaging, high-quality, ethically-raised meat can go straight to your door in a completely sustainable way.

“We encourage other Canadian companies to join us in switching to a more sustainable option like Green Cell Foam. With Canada poised to ban single-use plastics by 2021, the time is now.”

Green Cell Foam was introduced by KTM Industries in 2002 and it has been integrated into the packaging of various companies to provide cushioning and insulating performance.

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The material is made from non-GMO cornstarch, a renewable resource, and is compostable, biodegradable and water soluble. It is a biodegradable alternative to petroleum-based foams.

KTM Industries CEO Tim Colonnese said: “We created Green Cell Foam to be a completely biodegradable, limited-impact alternative to Styrofoam, plastic and other landfill-clogging materials commonly used in shipping.

“We’re proud of the work we do for partners who share our vision and are excited to expand in Canada with NIKU Farms, a mission-driven company with sustainability ingrained in all aspects of its business.”

In April this year, online marketplace for craft meat Crowd Cow announced it would transition all of its shipping materials to Green Cell Foam.