Sinclair Develops Compostable Fruit Label


In another first for the produce industry, Sinclair Systems has commercialized the first and only compostable fruit label. Through rigorous testing and development, the new labels are made from polylactic acid (PLA), which is a thermoplastic-polyester material derived from renewable sources. Validated through various trials and development, Sinclair compostable labels may undergo industrial composting and they disappear without leaving any harmful impact. The Sinclair compostable label disintegrates in 22 weeks, in accordance with test methods ASTM D5338 modified and ISO 16929 modified.
President and CEO, Bill Hallier, explains, "It's important to our organization to be able to introduce a sustainable alternative that is environmentally friendly and green. We were approached about two years ago by Zespri, and through a concerted effort of testing and criteria, we are able to introduce this innovation to the industry. The label is engineered to withstand the rigorous elements throughout the global supply chain, yet degrade at the appropriate time. We couldn't be happier with the results."

The new label is compatible with all of Sinclair's high-speed, tray-labeling and hand-labeling equipment. Additionally, it is suitable for use on all types of loose produce, and is the perfect complement to fruit that has a nonedible skin, such as avocados, kiwifruit and citrus. 

For more information:
Kelly Kirschner
Sinclair Systems International, LLC
Tel: +1 (559) 445-2889
Fax: +1 (559) 233-4501