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Low carbon food tray

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Low carbon food tray
Packaging manufacturer develops a range of low carbon food trays in response to industry concerns
In Use – The new material is currently in use as mushroom tray packaging.

Recycled content/recyclability, Resource efficiency (e.g. filling line efficiency), Other

Product Categories

Relevant Materials
Plastic – rigid, Plastics - Other / mixed

Relevant Packaging Formats

Supply Chain Phase


In response to food industry moves to reduce carbon impacts and initiatives such as the Courtauld Commitment 2, a UK based packaging manufacturer has developed a range of low carbon polypropylene food trays. The new packaging is produced using a blend of a natural mineral, recyclate and virgin polypropylene, providing a significant carbon reduction over conventional polypropylene punnets.
The manufacturer has already developed the material for use as mushroom punnets and meat trays are also in development. According to the manufacturer, the c-LOW trays also retain the same mechanical properties as polypropylene trays, with “excellent chill impact and top load properties and no increase in product weight”.
The packaging is manufactured by Sharpak of Aylesham under the c-Low brand.
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles).  The content has not been validated by the technology supplier and no additional information has been provided by the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

The product claims to offer the lowest carbon footprint on the market for this type of packaging.  Another benefit is that the product is 100% recyclable. No comparisons are given for alternative packaging solutions so it is difficult to quantify the benefits of this solution.

Intellectual Property

The c-Low brand has been developed by Sharpak of Aylesbury.

Consultant View

Any initiative to reduce carbon impacts of food and grocery packaging is of benefit to the food and grocery industry.  Indeed much work is currently underway in this field and reviewers should search the REID database and other information sources using keywords such as light-weighting and packaging reduction.

Contacts and Further Information

Managing Director
Sharpak Aylesham
Covert Road
CT3 3EF - View on map
Tel:  44 (0) 1304 840 581
Fax: 44 (0) 1304 841 922


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