Banana importers Fyffes Ireland has introduced new, sustainable and fully recyclable paper banding for wrapping its organic Fairtrade bananas.

The new packaging is made from 100% Kraft pulp and is a more sustainable alternative to the plastic bags used widely within the sector.

Based on estimates, this initiative - which follows an 18 month period of research and development - will result in a reduction of over 5.5 tonnes of plastic.

Fyffes said the packaging also maintains the fruit in quality condition while it is able to withstand climatic and other varying features within the fruit's supply chain. 

These include tropical temperatures normal in countries where bananas are grown, transportation by ship in temperature-controlled conditions, and the ripening process itself, the company said.

Food grade inks are used for the print on the packaging, while adhesives are plant based and not plastic.