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Are you aware of the strategic role that sustainability is playing right now in boosting consumers’ confidence and sales?

Sustainability of materials and articles that come in contact with food is now increasing in the top ranking of features that led the consumers’ choices.
Consumers are increasingly aware of environmental impacts and companies have an opportunity to gain market share by addressing consumer concerns.

How important is for your company to assure quality, safety and environmental criteria?

The use of eco-compatible, compostable and biodegradable materials and articles are trends that cannot be stopped.
More and more consumers demand environmental friendly, biodegradable products.

The presence on the market of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics, often made by renewable raw materials like starch, cellulose, soy protein, lactic acid etc. is growing every day.

Paper Products are turning into multimaterial-multilayer hybrid ones to satisfy the increasing needs for high performance, design, safety.

They typically require additional coatings or other modifications to perform well as food containers, and that affects how well they decompose and create new challenges when it comes to compostability, biodegradability and recyclability of materials, and subsequently articles.

Can your customers be sure about your products’ safety for food contact and for the environment?

Ecol Studio supports you in developing your strategy for sustainability by assessing your products.
Reliable information and test reports about compostability and biodegradability, as well as recyclability, of your paper products build up a solid base for communication to your customers and for design, research and development of your range of products.

The European Standard EN 13432 defines the characteristics that a material must have in order to be defined as "compostable".

Compostability and Biodegradability Test:
Capability to be converted into carbon dioxide by the same microorganisms of natural organic materials. Determined by measuring the actual metabolic conversion of the compostable material into carbon dioxide. The acceptance level is 90% to be reached in less than 6 months.

Disintegration Test:
The material under examination is biodegraded together with organic waste and maintained under test scale composting conditions for 12 weeks. After this period of time residues of test material larger than 2 mm are considered non-disintegrated. This fraction must be less than 10% of the initial mass.

Absence of any negative effect on the composting process:

  • Low levels of heavy metals and no adverse effect on the quality of the resulting compost;
  • Evaluation of other chemical-physical parameters to evaluate after biodegradation such as pH, salinity (electrical conductivity), volatile solids, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, total magnesium, total potassium and ammonium nitrogen characteristics of the compost;
A plant growth tests can be performed on composted samples of the test material occurred to ensure that there are no differences in growth when compared to a standardised ‘control compost’.

Recyclability Test:
Determination of recyclability of cellulose-based materials and products according to the standard UNI 11743:2019.

The standard specifies a method to determine the laboratory-scale recyclability of cellulose-based materials and products, simulating some of the main phases of the industrial production of new paper and board obtained through processing paper for recycling.




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