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Red Prince apple packaging now more sustainable


January 16, 2021
By Fruit and Vegetable

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Blue Mountain Fruit Company (BMFC) have changed their Red Prince apple packaging to be both recyclable and biodegradable.

Unlike other biodegradable alternatives, which require specialized environments to degrade, the Red Prince bag is consumed (as a food source) by the microbes present in local landfill sites and oceans. 

BMFC’s packaging uses bio-plastic developed by MiDori-Bio. The Eco-One organic additive allows microbes to consume the plastic. They feast on the polymer chains, breaking down the chemical bonds of the plastic product at an accelerated rate. The bag biodegrades into methane, carbon dioxide and inert humus in a few years, as opposed to decades.

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Photo courtesy of Blue Mountain Fruit Company.

The packaging is also now a #2 plastic, rather than a #5 recyclable bag. Plastics classified as #2 are the most energy-efficient recyclable option, as well as the most accepted and used.

BMFC is an Ontario-based company co-owned by Irma and Marius Botden, who hold the exclusive rights to grow Red Prince apples.