Organic vertical farming company Upward Farms has unveiled a new resealable packaging design for its United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic microgreens.

Upward Farms’ new sealed plastic trays are stackable and easier to open and close, which extends the shelf life for microgreens compared to traditional clamshells.

Made with post-consumer recycled plastics, the resealable design has been made with 38% less plastic than the average greens clamshell model. It offers a more sustainable offering for consumers.

Upward Farms CEO and co-founder Jason Green said: “Continuously reducing Upward Farms’ carbon footprint is a top priority for us, and our new packaging marks a significant milestone in that journey.

“Upward Farms’ new packaging is made using post-consumer recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET), one of the only truly recyclable plastics.”

The company has rolled out its new resealable packaging at Whole Foods Market locations across New York and New Jersey, as well as DeCicco’s & Sons, Westside Market, Union Market, Foodtown, Morton Williams, D’Agostino’s and Gristedes.

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Based in Brooklyn, New York, Upward Farms is claimed to be the only large-scale vertical farm offering USDA-certified organic leafy greens and best aquaculture practices-certified fish.

Upward Farms marketing and sales vice-president Eric Greifenberger said: “Implementing this resealable technology has allowed us to add value for our consumers by delivering more sustainable, effective packaging.

“Functionality is extremely important to us and our consumers, and through rigorous testing, we have designed a solution that is easily resealable, holds up to stacking in consumers’ fridges, and locks in freshness.”