Sinclair Systems International LLC is introducing a compostable fruit label.

Sinclair Systems develops compostable fruit labelThe Fresno, Calif.-based Sinclair Systems has developed commercialized compostable fruit labels that undergo industrial composting and can disappear into the environment without leaving any harmful traces, according to a news release.

The labels are made from polyactic acid, derived from renewable sources. Sinclair Systems developed the labels through rigorous testing and development, according to the release.

The Sinclair Systems compostable label disintegrates in 22 weeks in accordance with ASTM (the former American Society for Testing and Materials) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) guidelines.

The label works with Sinclair’s high-speed, tray-labeling and hand-labeling equipment and is suitable for all types of loose produce, according to the release.

“It’s important to our organization to be able to introduce a sustainable alternative that is environmentally friendly and green,” Bill Hallier, Sinclair Systems president and chief executive officer, said in the release.

“We were approached about two years ago by Zespri and through a concerted effort of testing and criteria, we are able to introduce this innovation to the industry,” Hallier said in the release. “The label is engineered to withstand the rigorous elements throughout the global supply chain, yet degrade at the appropriate time.”

The label also works with organic products and fruit which have a non-edible skin, such as avocados, kiwifruit and citrus, according to the release.