No-added PFAS packaging an Australian first

PFAS packaging

Packaging solutions company Detpak has become the first Australian business to release a range of compostable, no-added PFAS, sugarcane packaging.

The Vanguard range of plates, bowls and containers from Eco-Products uses a unique proprietary formulation to achieve grease resistance without relying on the addition of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).

PFAS is a group of more than 4000 chemicals that are widely used in products and applications, including common household items, as well as some food packaging, where they have been added to provide grease-resistant properties.

“While understanding about the human health effects of long-term, low-level PFAS exposure is still developing, there is global concern about the persistence and toxicity of these chemicals in the environment,” said Keith Bishop, Detpak Product and Brand General Manager.

“We are working with our customer base on phasing out PFAS from their products and materials. The introduction of the Vanguard range is a key milestone of our strategy to move away from chemicals of concern.”

Chris Foley, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) said the removal of PFAS from packaging was a priority.

“As Australia’s co-regulator for packaging, APCO, has been working closely with our members, including Detpak, to identify the presence of PFAS in packaging in Australia and, where it is identified, phase it out,” Foley said.

“The support of APCO’s industry members is crucial to the success of this work and to the goal of eliminating PFAS in packaging in Australia.”

The Vanguard range is made from renewable moulded sugarcane fibre and is currently available throughout Australia.

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