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The bioplastic raising the standards to increase renewable content levels.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 8:25:00 PM

Mater-Bi (photo courtesy of Novamont).Novamont has pledged that their latest investment could reduce CO2 emissions by an annual equivalent of 75,000 cars from our city's streets. A €700 million investment will ensure minimum bio-based content of at least 40 percent across their entire MATER-BI bioplastics range, with some grades being 100 percent bio-based. Novamont is bringing forward the targets of Italy and France on bio-based content in fruit and vegetable bags, for which a minimum threshold of 40 percent has been established starting from 2018. MATER-BI bioplastics now incorporate monomers from renewable sources produced in Novamont biorefineries.

"We are aiming to improve and intercept a greater quantity of organic waste."

These products have been optimised from an environmental perspective in view of the pressing need to minimise risks to natural capital and in particular to water, soil and air, thereby creating new opportunities for soil regeneration.

MATER BI (photo courtesy of Novamont).MATER-BI, the bioplastic developed by Novamont, ( Novamont ) is biodegradable and compostable in compliance with the leading international standards. It is now capable of guaranteeing performance equivalent to traditional plastics while incorporating interesting new properties. It contains renewable resources of controlled agricultural origin and certain grades are also certified through the e-Label! environmental multi-label. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions and cuts consumption of non-renewable energy and resources, completing a virtuous circle: raw materials of agricultural origin are returned to the earth, nourishing it through biodegradation or composting. 

"This decision to voluntarily raise renewable content levels across our entire range of MATER-BI bioplastics goes hand in hand with that taken many years ago to only use these bioplastics for applications which make a contribution to the system. In particular we are aiming to improve and intercept a greater quantity of organic waste,” explained Novamont’s CEO Catia Bastioli.

Novamont’s goal is to facilitate a recycling system which minimises the waste of organic matter, which is so fundamental for the soil, and maximise the possibility of recovering traditional plastics.

This is part of their circular economy model to define the most useful purposes for the various flows and collaborate with various stakeholders in new ways to achieve three fundamental objectives: new local economic growth in the sector, social inclusion and the regeneration of local natural capital. “Only in this way will it be possible to eliminate plastic pollution in our waters, which is 80 percent caused by non-virtuous behaviour on land,” according to the CEO.


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Topics: BBWNChemicals, Plastics and Packaging, Feedstock&Clusters

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