The newly approved recyclable absorbent pad or ‘Earthpad’ is comprised of cellulose absorbent with a paper outer later applied using barrier coatings, which is also compostable.

Sirane claims to offer the world’s first approved recyclable absorbent pad after the OPRL permitted it as suitable for fruit.

Simon Balderson, Sirane’s managing director, explained: “Sirane has been known for years now as the experts in absorbency, and innovation. This product combines the two. We’re not aware of any other absorbent pad on the market anywhere in the world that has been approved for recycling, so this is a great step forward.

“A lot of fruit is sold in punnets/trays with an absorbent pad, which helps keep the fruit fresher for longer, using EarthPad, the pad insert is now eco-friendly.”

In addition to receiving clearance from ORPL, Sirane says it has undergone additional independent testing for recyclable materials, and its pads have gained additional approval from the UK Recycling Association.

The Recycling Association’s chief executive officer Simon Ellin, said: “Having read the positive results of the repulpability and recyclability testing, according to EN 13430, I am happy to endorse a paper recyclable pad composed of a cellulose absorbent layer with paper applied top and bottom.”

In 2022, Sirane announced a multi-million-pound investment to develop a site for its innovative board division.