Rising awareness of the effects of climate change and plastic pollution from packaging has led consumers to be more conscious of the environmental impact of their buying choices.
This has led to a surging interest in sustainable packaging alternatives, including compostables.
But increasing scandals of greenwashing across varying sectors highlight the confusion and regulation around the labelling of compostable packaging.
So how can you trust compostable packaging will actually compost?
To ensure it will compost, the packaging must be tested by accredited laboratories against certain standards that prove the material can and will break down under certain conditions in a set environment.
The most common labelling and their respective standards are:
– OK Compost and Seedling – based on the DIN/EN13432:2000 standard in Europe
– BPI – based on the ASTMD6400 and ASTM D6868 in North America
– OK Compost HOME – following the DIN/EN13432:2000 standard under different conditions
Biome have certified resins by two of the leading certification bodies in their region:
– Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)
– TUV Austria OK Compost and OK Compost HOME
Biome Technologies plc (LON:BIOM) is a growth oriented, commercially driven technology group. The Group’s primary activity is the development of its fast growing business in bioplastics. The Group comprises two divisions: Biome Bioplastics and Stanelco RF Technologies.