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UK-based boutique chocolate company Dirty Cow has partnered with flexible packaging provider Parkside to develop compostable packaging as part of its sustainability efforts.

The packaging is for Dirty Cow’s vegan and dairy-free ‘Messy’ chocolate bar range.

It is designed to offer a practical and sustainable alternative to existing packaging without compromising performance.

Dirty Cow co-founder Neil Taylor said: “We are delighted to announce this progression into 100% compostable packaging.

“This collaboration has enabled us to achieve an all-round compostable, organic and certified product, with packaging that does not compromise our chocolate bars’ overall quality.

“Responsible design and manufacturing are core to our business, and this new packaging solution epitomises that.”

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For the packaging design, Parkside used bio-based paper and metallised NatureFlex cellulose films from Futamura, manufactured from sustainably sourced wood pulp.

The packaging is designed to decompose entirely within 26 weeks depending on the efficiency of the compost setting, before returning to the soil.

Dirty Cow has introduced the packaging with Sainsbury’s ‘Taste of the Future’ trial listing.

Parkside new business development manager Staci Bye said: “It was a huge privilege for us to be asked to collaborate with Dirty Cow on this project.

“The values and ethos of the company fit perfectly with our Park2Nature range of compostable packaging, and it has been great working with the team to deliver this new fantastic sustainable solution!”

Parkside’s product development team has spent almost ten years on research and development for its compostable laminates.

The company has more than 20 Technical Inspection Association (TUV) accredited compostable structures in its Park2Nature range.

In January, Parkside partnered with organic producer and online grocer Riverford to develop a home compostable packaging solution.

The partnership was part of Riverford’s efforts to move its fruit and vegetable products to home compostable packaging.