Australian-based sustainable packaging developer SECOS Group has been selected by Woolworths to supply its compostable products for sale through the supermarket giant’s network of Eco stores.
Woolworths will market SECOS’ two certified compostable bin liners into its stores – 8L Kitchen Caddy Bag and 36L Bin Liner.
Initial rollout will begin in July with 86 Eco Stores and a view to expand supply through the broader Woolworths retail network.
The availability of SECOS’ compostable bags via Woolworths stores will give households participating in approved council food organic waste programs the option to dispose of the bags and food waste in their green waste bin.
Ian Stacey, SECOS CEO said SECOS is pleased to broaden its product portfolio and customer base in what he feels will be a strong growth area both in Australia and around the world.
“It is pleasing to see the hard work in launching new brands and products come to fruition,” Stacey said.
SECOS Group was one of the first companies in Australia to have its compostable biopolymer resin & film products certified as compostable in 2012.
The acceptance by Woolworths together with a long list of government Councils requiring the use of SECOS’ compostable bag range further validates the Company’s reputation as a leader in sustainable and environmental products.
Volumes will be subject to in store sales however current demand for compostable bags via retail chains suggest good sales growth for this market.
“This is a significant opportunity for SECOS to expand its retail presence,” Stacey said.
SECOS sees InStore products as a new market for its branded MyEcoBag and MyEcoPet line of products and is working to garner market share in grocery and convenience stores in Australia, Mexico, and the US.
Through its ownership of Cardia, SECOS has been supplying Councils and film converters for years.
At the end of May this year, the City of Melville in WA recently recently awarded SECOS a $600,000 contract to supply its bin liners to the council.
SECOS aims to replace traditional single-use plastic packaging with its earth-friendly bags and liners to facilitate the diversion of household food waste to organic treatment stations.
Industry research shows of the 80 million tonnes of plastic produced each year worldwide for single-use flexible packaging, approximately 20 million tonnes is used to create up to 1 trillion plastic bags.
On average, each bag is utilised for 12 minutes.
According to SECOS, compostable alternatives made with Cardia’s patented formulas and annually renewable resources make sense as they reduce the environmental pollution caused by the proliferation of plastic bags which can take decades to break down And Cardia’s bioplastic solutions are much more environmentally friendly than paper.
“It would take 150 million trees each year to produce paper bag alternatives as well as a 6x higher energy use to manufacture paper bags,” the company stated online.