Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant has launched a range of 25 organic pigments for biodegradable and compostable polymers to increase consumer appeal of organically recyclable packaging.
The organic pigment range is compliant with the European Standard 13432, which offers compostable and biodegradable requirements for packaging.
Through the introduction of colour, Clariant aims to enhance the appeal of biodegradable plastics for brand owners and manufacturers of packaging and consumer goods, to meet the increased demand for alternatives to single-use plastics.
According to Clariant, by using 25 PV Fast and Graphtol pigments, masterbatch producers can take colour far beyond the “earthy” natural hue associated with other biodegradable polymers.
Clariant’s customer Af-color and its sister company Bio-fed have implemented a palette of bio masterbatches based on the new Clariant pigments range.
Dirk Schöning, sales director at Af-color said: “Colour plays a decisive role when it comes to certain applications where biodegradable plastics are a viable choice, such as for biodegradable shopping or waste bags, single-use cutlery or coffee capsules.
“We are excited to challenge perceptions with a palette of bio masterbatches covering the full spectrum and providing high fastness, so colour is not an issue.”
Global marketing manager plastics at Clariant, Barbara Philipp said: “Compostable and colourful can now go hand-in-hand for packaging, meaning manufacturers and consumers won’t have to lower their design expectations for sustainable solutions.
“By working closely with masterbatch producers like Af-color to help them get the most out of our EN 13432 compatible pigments, we can contribute to increasing the appeal of biodegradable and industrial compostable solutions for food and beverage packaging and consumer goods, as innovation continues to improve their properties and new functionalities are introduced.”
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