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Birkel Introduces Pasta Packaging Made from Renewable Cellulose Base

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According to a review published earlier this month by TrendHunters, Toronto, Canada, consumers being drawn to products that are good for their health are also likely to seek out packaging that is just as good for the environment, such as this new pasta packaging from Birkel, Germany.  

Birkel’s organic pasta is packaged in a cellulose-based plastic, which is made from renewable raw materials like corn, sugar, grains, sustainably grown wood, and wood waste/production residue. Rather than making plastic from petroleum, this plant-based alternative provides an option that is more biodegradable and reduces contributions to carbon dioxide emissions.

TrendHunters reports that with more than 265 million tons of plastic produced annually, currently less than 1% of these are from organic sources. However, with options like this organic cellulose-based plastic on the market, it's estimated that this number could be bumped up to at least 2%-5% during the next few years.
 

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