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New compostable, biodegradable packaging material derived from potato starch

Bio Plast Pom has worked with the Gdańsk University of Technology and other scientific centres to design a compostable and biodegradable material based on potato starch – aspiring for reduced environmental impact, lower CO2 emissions, and energy efficiency, according to a news story published on Packaging Europe.

Bio Plast Pom, based in Poland, says NOPLA is not a synthetic material. It is reportedly free of both artificial ingredients and plastics and is not thought to leave behind microplastics when it decomposes.

Apparently, the patent-protected material is biodegradable and compostable in a household composter, salt water, freshwater, and soil. It is designed to comply with the EN 13432 composting standards and claims to degrade in 3 to 6 months under household composting conditions.

The company says that NOPLA products sink to the bottom of bodies of water and, instead of causing harm to bottom sediments, provide sustenance for living organisms. Furthermore, the material aligns with EU Directive 904/2019 SUP, meaning it can be used to manufacture products like cutlery and straws.

Bio Plast Pom has designed, built, and copyrighted an original production line for the biogranulate, and production commenced in May 2023.

Source: Packaging Europe. Read the full story here
Cover image: Credit Bio Plast Pom

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