Plastic pollution: New meat tray ‘could save tonnes of waste

Alaa Alaizoki, who is studying for an engineering doctorate, has created a meat tray without a separate piece of absorbent plastic padding underneath.

Mr Alaizoki said the technology could be used in other areas, like nappies.

Meat Promotion Wales said consumers wanted to know that food was made in an “environmentally responsible way”.

About 800,000 tonnes of UK meat packaging plastic waste is produced each year,

In partnership with packaging manufacturers Klöckner Pentaplast, the design is already being used by leading UK food suppliers and retailers, including Sainsbury’s and Asda.

Mr Alaizoki’s meat tray is 100% recyclable and allows consumers to look at meat from all angles through clear plastic.
He said: “Traditional padding works similarly to nappies or sanitary towels, by drawing in moisture and converting it into a gel which cannot physically leak back out into the meat.”

He said his design allowed moisture into specially designed wells, but would not let it back out.

The packaging can then be washed under a tap, meaning the plastic is chemically and biologically safe to be recycled along with other household items.

He said: “You can turn it upside down, shake it, drop it, but the physics of the fluid mean that until it’s flushed out there is no way of the juices escaping.”

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