Sustainability

Novamont sets 40 per cent bio-based minimum on all products

Bioplastic manufacturer Novamont has pledged to create a minimum bio-based content of 40 per cent across its MATER-BI bioplastics range in an attempt to further reduce the carbon impact of its products. 

Novamont sets 40 per cent bio-based minimum on all products
The decision, announced earlier this month at the G7 environmental summit in Bologna at a ‘Stop Plastic Waste’ event organised by the organised by the Italian and French environment ministries, will see the materials save around 150,000 tonnes of COequivalent a year compared to ‘the average compostable bags currently on sale’, according to the company.

While some grades of the bioplastics have already reached 100 per cent bio-based composition, the move to set a minimum proportion will see MATER-BI products move ahead of Italian and French targets for bio-based content for certain applications (e.g. fruit and vegetable bags), for which a minimum threshold of 40 per cent will be established from 2018.

Launching the commitment, Novamont CEO Catia Bastioli said: "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. The goal is to facilitate a recycling system that minimises the waste of organic matter, which is so fundamental for the soil, and maximise the possibility of recovering traditional plastics.”

Novamont has invested over €700 million in new technology and the regeneration of decommissioned industrial sites in the past 20 years, and in recent years has partnered with the cities of Milan and Paris to boost its food waste collections with biodegradable and compostable bags that can be included with food waste during treatment.

Bastioli continued: “This is part of the circular economy model in which we must 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 per cent caused by non-virtuous behaviour on land." 

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