Corbion Purac’s polylactic acid (PLA) resin has been officially certified as compostable by European certification organisation Vinçotte of Vilvoorde, Belgium.
The PLA resins have been awarded the OK compost logo as well as the European Bioplastics Association’s seedling logo. The certifications allow downstream processors to develop compostable end-products based on a reliable and certified PLA resin foundation from Corbion Purac. The PLA and D-polylactic acid (PDLA) resins are available for commercial sale in pre-marketing volumes.
Composting of organic waste helps to divert organic waste from landfill or incineration, and the separate collection of organic waste is actively promoted by the European Union. In cases where it is difficult to separate packaging or single use items from the organic waste, a compostable plastic can acts an an end of life solution.
Corbion Purac bioplastics marketing director François de Bie said: “Achieving official compostability certifications from Vinçotte for Corbion Purac’s PLA resins is an important milestone in the further development of our bioplastic portfolio. As a material, PLA is inherently a perfect fit with the requirements for compostable products and packaging.”
Vinçotte contract manager Petra Michiels added: “By receiving both the OK compost and the seedling logo, Corbion Purac’s PLA resins can provide a strong base upon which article producers can develop compostable products that can be recognised throughout the entire European market.”
The bioplastic portfolio at Corbion Purac has been extended with specific PLA grades tailored to extrusion, fibre spinning and injection molding, as well as offering PDLA as a nucleating agent.
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