British mushroom grower G’s Fresh Mushrooms received the Fresh Produce Consortium’s Fresh Award for CSR Excellence for its introduction of the molded pulp punnet for mushrooms.
The compostable container will cut down on the estimated 4,300 tons of plastic generated for the retail mushroom market, according to a news release.
“In our commercial trial alone with Tesco we were able to avoid the use of close to 40 metric tons of plastic by using the Earthcycle punnets and provide our consumers longer lasting mushrooms while maintaining production efficiencies,” James Meers, commercial director for G’s Fresh Mushrooms, said in the release.
The packaging is part of CKF Inc.’s EarthCycle line and was designed especially for mushrooms. G’s Fresh Mushrooms worked with CKF to create a compostable package that would overcome the weakening issues caused by mushrooms’ respiration.
G’s is also the first company to top seal pulp for mushrooms, one of the hurdles to creating compostable packaging for mushrooms.
The CSR Excellence Award is given to a company that has demonstrated a measureable sustainable effect on their own operations and on the industry.