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Delta is a seaweed based alternative to the billions of sachets and blister packs used in numerous industries.

Delta is a seaweed based alternative to the billions of sachets and blister packs used in numerous industries.

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This is a modular distribution system which entirely removes packaging from the equation.

This is a modular distribution system which entirely removes packaging from the equation.

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A 100% natural, biodegradable protective packaging, that creates more life in our environment through its waste, rather than harming it.

A 100% natural, biodegradable protective packaging, that creates more life in our environment through its waste, rather than harming it.

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Pierre commented on Delta

Hi Kate,

Thank you for your question. Our solution doesn’t have the same performance in terms of oxygen vapor barrier properties if you compare with a multi-layer sachet with an Internal PE layer, adhesive resin, aluminum film, a polyethylene lamination layer, carton, printing and an external PE layer. It is comparable to a fruit membrane as a grape or tomato. That means that the content won’t last as much in the Delta packaging as in a multi-layer sachet, however, the biodegradable time of Delta is much shorter than a multi-layer sachet. The challenge then is how to deliver package products in a shorter time on existing long supply chains.
Delta supply and delivery model are based on local manufacturing. We are currently developing a small Nespresso-type machine that will allow retailers to package in a Delta what ever product they want from a bulk container. So the idea is that retailers would have bulk material (easier to transport in big reusable containers) and would be able to package in individual portions whatever content at the point of sale for same-day consumption.

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Pierre commented on Delta

Thanks a lot for the questions Kate

1- The end to end process of producing the sachets: Seaweed is farmed in the coastline; harvested; cleaned; chopped; several components are extracted (we are working to close as many “circles” as possible); from which we produce a specific formulation. All additives are 100% natural. We supply this concentrated material to a Delta producer/seller who operates one of our machines; he loads this material into the Delta machine. He also loads the product to be packaged which is delivered to him in bulk in a returnable container. He then produces Delta daily almost on demand, which reduces waste and leftovers. one of his clients buys a product in a Delta, consume the content, either choosing to eat the membrane if the product is a food or beverage, or discarding it in a bin, in soil or in a home compost. The membrane is naturally compostable, this means that it can be treated and handled in the same way we treat the skin of a fruit.
      
 2- The assumptions regarding logistics is based on local manufacturing. The process of making delta is much simpler than making any kind of plastic packaging. It’s compact and low energy as no heat is needed. We believe that by providing a machine that could manufacture on the spot where you use or buy the products makes sense as the time for the consumer to get the product is reduced to the maximum.

3- Our solution introduces several changes to the system if you compare with the actual one. The supply chain gets reduced and the retailer becomes the one packaging the product, which means he can capture the added value of packaging at the local scale.

4- The Poppits® Toothpaste Pods look awesome! Looking forward to knowing how it feels like in the mouth. We can certainly help as our Delta membrane is insoluble in water. That means that it wouldn’t dissolve in mouth or with water, but has the benefit that it can hold water-based liquids (there are a lot of them).
5- There are different options for branding/labeling: We are working with different natural inks that can dye the membrane; in the case of adding a second layer of the same seaweed base membrane to the product It could also incorporate any kind of printed material between the layers without using any glue. And of course, we can brand easily the machine in the environment where Delta would be produced and distributed.

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Pierre commented on Delta

Hi,
Thanks for your words, good question! the shelf life really depends on the content and the storage conditions. In one extreme, if we are packing something that doesn’t need to be eaten (ex. Soap gel) or something that doesn't have too much water content (ex. oil) it can last for weeks even months. On the other extreme, If the content is something that doesn’t have preservatives and high water content, like something as fresh juices and is exposed to high temperature the package+content wouldn’t be nice to consume after 1-2 days.
With our Nespresso style machine, we suggest that delta pods are produced daily so that you always get a fresh product in a fresh packaging! One of the plus to having a short shelf life is that the shortest shelf life we have=the shortest biodegradable time we can achieve.