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The Oppenheimer Group and Earthcycle Packaging Put Completely Home Compostable Produce Packaging on Retail Shelves

Vancouver, British Columbia, May. 16 - /EWire/ -- The Oppenheimer Group and Earthcycle Packaging announced today the availability of their new line of completely compostable kiwifruit packaging at Wal-Mart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets in the U.S. With the introduction of this completely compostable kiwifruit packaging, Wal-Mart is taking advantage of the design brilliance of nature and making it available to consumers as part of the retailer's efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

"This development aligns well with Oppenheimer's own commitment to sustainability," noted John Anderson, chairman, president and CEO of The Oppenheimer Group. "I am very proud that Wal-Mart has taken the opportunity to work with us on this project." About a year ago, The Oppenheimer Group, an international produce marketer with a long-term relationship with Wal-Mart, introduced the retailer to Earthcycle Packaging, the innovator of this ground-breaking sustainable packaging design. Subsequently, the three companies have collaborated toward the launch of these packs, recognizing the value of having all components come from the earth and, when they have served their useful purpose, return to the earth.

"Working with the Wal-Mart sustainable packaging team has really demonstrated the company's commitment to sustainability," commented Shannon Boase, founder and president of Earthcycle Packaging. Earthcycle sources all its palm fiber from long established plantations in West Malaysia. "We are proud to be able to bring to Wal-Mart, a product that clearly contributes to the sustainability efforts of the Malaysian palm oil industry by giving a former waste product a useful life with a cycle that returns it to the soil."

The Earthcycle tray is a moulded pulp package made from palm fiber of the Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB), a waste product left over after the palm fruit is harvested and pressed for oil. Previously incinerated or landfilled, this fiber is now made into FDA food grade packaging which is certified compostable (ASTM D6400). Just pitch it in the compost and, in less than 90 days, it will biodegrade and be ready to make a healthy contribution to the soil.

To protect the kiwifruit, the pack is covered in NatureFlexTM film, a certified compostable (ASTM D6400) material made with cellulose derived from wood pulp harvested at managed plantations. Even the paper label is earth-friendly, designed with water-based ink and a special adhesive. It is certified by the OK Home Compost program in Europe (EN13432).

About The Oppenheimer Group Based in Vancouver, BC, Oppenheimer is a top North American fresh produce company, sourcing over 100 varieties of fruits and vegetables from more than 25 countries and delivering them to retailers, wholesalers and foodservice operators across the U.S. and Canada. The full-service marketer has offices throughout North and South America and relationships with growers around the world to ensure a 52-week supply of preferred produce items. For more information visit:

About Earthcycle Vancouver-based Earthcycle Packaging is a privately held company that offers sustainable packaging for fresh food, food service, garden and consumer products as well as providing custom solutions for clients. For more information please visit:

For more information:

Karin Gardner Communications Manager The Oppenheimer Group Tel : 206-284-1705 / 206-499-7440 E-mail :

Peggi Peacock Vice President Marketing Earthcycle Packaging Ltd. Tel : 604-945-4642/604-202-2429 E-mail :



I am really stkeod (OMG do people use that word anymore) about how many companies are really making honest efforts to leave less of an impact on our planet. It seems to me that we are really getting somewhere yes? I haven't tossed a bag into the composter yet. Hmmm, I will check back in if I do..-= Shaneb4s last blog .. =-.

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June 7, 2012, 4:25 AM

I recently saw some pieces on shows like CNN and the journal with Joan Lunden on PBS that were talking about issues and solutions for industrial recycling. This eliminates even having to have the conversation. There are cross contamination issues with allergies and bug issues to deal with but if this can be figured out, it could be a cool idea. If they came to LA I&#8217;d make it my go to.

June 9, 2012, 10:50 PM
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