Our bioplastic is a strong and flexible material made from corn starch, a renewable raw material which is also 100% compostable. It is therefore a sustainable alternative for traditional plastic.
Bioplastic in general
Many misunderstandings exist with regard to bioplastic so we would like to explain the term first. Bioplastic is really a generic term. The word 'bio' may refer on the one hand to the biological origin of the material and on the other hand to the biological degradability of the material. However, both aspects are not necessarily related.
If the material has a biological origin then we call it a 'biobased' material. This refers to materials that are made from renewable raw materials such as starch and in our case corn.
On the other hand, the biological character of the material refers to the material's final phase (end-of-life), i.e. its biodegradability or compostability.
In other words, biobased products are not necessarily compostable, and vice versa, compostable plastics are not always biobased.
As already mentioned, our bioplastic is both biobased as well as compostable. But what does compostable actually mean? You are allowed to call a packaging product compostable if it complies with the European standard for compostable packaging EN13432. This standard requires that the packaging must degrade at least 90% in an industrial composting installation within 12 weeks. Packaging products that meet this standard are given certain quality labels. The OK Compost label and the Seedling logo are the most widely-used certification labels.
Our bio carrier bags and packaging, whose compostability has been tested extensively by the certification body TÜV Austria (formerly Vinçotte), comply with the standard and are certified with the OK Compost label and Seedling logo.
You can find more information about certification and bio labels on the 'certificates' page.
Why choose bioplastic for your packaging or carrier bag?
- Our bio carrier bags and packaging are made from renewable raw materials and provide a sustainable alternative for fossil raw materials that are becoming scarcer every day.
- Our bio carrier bags and packaging are 100% compostable which means the material can be converted into quality compost.
- The production process is energy-efficient which means lower levels of CO2 are released. Lower CO2 emissions result in less greenhouse gas which benefits global warming.
What products can be made from bioplastic?
Bioplastic can be used for the production of:
Good to know…
Our bio carrier bags have a limited shelf life. We therefore recommend that you do not keep them in stock for longer than one year. The time required for the material to biodegrade depends to a great extent on how the carrier bags are stored. We recommended that our bio carrier bags are stored at room temperature and medium relative humidity. In addition, they should be protected from direct sunlight and the boxes should remain sealed for as long as possible.
If you have any questions about our bioplastics or if you are looking for a carrier bag or packaging in bioplastic, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Examples of products made from bioplastic