Fish Factor by Laine Welch

December 3, 2021

Planet-friendly packaging - OBI Seafoods, which operates 10 processing plants in Alaska, has met its goal for 100% recyclable packaging on all of its nine canned salmon brands.


Starting in January, all cans, lids, labels, holding trays and shrink wrap are included and any plastics used contain at least 30% recyclable materials.


“The company is committed to ensuring that its packaging has the lowest possible impact on the planet, and will help their customers reach their sustainability goals,” said CEO Mark Palmer.


The move also means OBI’s canned products are exempt from a new overseas tax in the UK on single use plastics that goes into effect next April.


Meanwhile, packaging made from chitosan, that multi-use biopolymer found in crab shells, has caught the eye of investors.


Cruz Foam, a California-based packaging company, has attracted $2.5 million in seed money to begin producing fully-compostable packages to replace petroleum-based Styrofoam at a similar price.


The crab shell-based material provides the same strength and protective properties but features a nearly 98 percent average bio-breakdown with no adverse effects to the soil, the company said in a press release.


Cruz Foam said that they are taking on plastic pollution “at the root” by inventing a versatile, earth-compatible product that requires no recycling and “will help set the standard for the future of packaging and sustainable materials.”


The crab shells come from Alaska fisheries and are provided by Tidal Vision, said CEO Craig Kasberg.


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