A Hawke’s Bay apple grower has become the first Southern Hemisphere apple exporter to start using compostable PLU stickers on its apples.
The PLU (price-look-up) stickers are necessary for the fruit to be easily identified by checkout staff, but they add a lot of plastic waste, with about 1 billion PLU stickers being used on New Zealand apples each year.
New Zealand’s largest organic apple grower, Bostock New Zealand is taking a lead and moving to an environmentally friendly alternative, trialling compostable PLU stickers for its apples this year.
Photo: Heidi Stiefel said that the trial had been successful and the company will look forward to rolling out more compostable stickers next season.
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Posted: 12 June 2019