Melbourne, Australia — An Australian company is taking waste potato skins from Idaho farmers and converting them into biodegradable stretch wrap film, which it is about to export to the United States.
Melbourne-based Great Wrap Pty. Ltd., which markets its product as "the only compostable cling wrap made from food waste," was established in 2019 by husband-and-wife team Julia and Jordy Kay.
Their initial consumer product, sold online, is a refillable dispenser made from recycled plastic bottles, which comes with two rolls of film. The used film can be cut up and put in a home composting bin, and Great Wrap says it will break down within 180 days.
Pallet film is the next target, with Great Wrap selling 500mm x 400m rolls and pallet caps.
The U.S. expansion is funded by a US$16.8 million capital raising. The funds also will be used to expand the two Australian-based production facilities.
Madieson Ryan, Great Wrap's head of public relations and communications, told Plastics News the company plans to initially export product from Australia to the U.S., but will "establish a U.S. facility as soon as possible so we can service the B2B market, helping to reduce carbon emissions in the process."
She said the demand for pallet wrap alone "has already been immense in the U.S. and we're now backed by strategic U.S. investors to help scale this."