Musgrave MarketPlace recently announced that sales of its eco-friendly packaging and disposables range for the first 9 weeks of 2019 are up 198% compared to the same time last year.
'The eco range saw a dramatic increase in sales of 131% in 2018', the Irish wholesale supplier to food service, retail and SME businesses, said in a statement.
"The dramatic rise in demand for eco-friendly products across our customer base is a sign that a new era of environmentally conscious business activity is upon us," Sheena Forde, trading director, Musgrave MarketPlace said.
“Eco-friendly packaging and disposables are areas of huge growth potential for us and the wider industry."
The group said that the eco range accounts for 4.6% of total packaging products sold at Musgrave MarketPlace and is the fastest growing product group within the organisation.
It is predicted that eco-friendly packaging will account for 6.9% of total packaging sold by the end of 2019.
Forde said that the organisation are committed to ensuring that it plays its part in assisting Ireland reach its 2025 and 2030 plastic recycling targets.
The biggest areas of product growth within the Musgrave MarketPlace eco-friendly range are sales in coffee cups and lids (up 465% in 2019), takeaway containers (up 187% in 2019) and cutlery and straws (up 96% in 2019).
Other eco-friendly products supplied by Musgrave MarketPlace include bowls, plates, cutlery, and trays.
The eco-friendly range available at Musgrave MarketPlace is comprised of biobased products made from natural materials that are mostly certified as being industrially compostable.
Compostable products biodegrade under specific conditions into carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass in approximately 90 days. All food packaging products are made from either renewable or compostable raw materials.
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