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Leading plant-based food company Upfield has launched a plastic-free, recyclable tub for its plant butters and spreads as part of the company’s aim to reduce plastic content across its portfolio by 80% by 2030.

The launch was developed in collaboration with global materials science and technology company Footprint, in-mould labelling firm MCC, and automation specialist Pagès Group, Upfield said on 9 January.

Initially introduced in Austria for Flora Plant butter at the end of last year, Upfield said it expected to scale up use of the tub and aimed to replace up to 2bn plastic tubs by 2030, avoiding more than 25,000 tonnes/year of plastic waste.

The tubs are produced from compressed wet paper fibres and are waterproof, oil-proof and recyclable in local paper waste streams.

They had received Conventional Plastic Free Certification and used paper from a PEFC-certified supplier and because they did not have a plastic liner, they could be recycled along with other paper and cardboard household waste, Upfield said.

The company said it expected the packaging to be awarded home compostability certification by 2025.

Upfield operates in four categories – butters and spreads, creams, liquids and cheeses.