Novamont releases new coating for compostable packaging

The Italian bioplastic manufacturer Novamont has announced the release of a new product grade for extrusion coating.
Novamont production plant
Novamont claims the new grade in its Mater-Bi range offers improvements in process stability, coating thicknesses and processing speed comparable with low-density polyethylene. Additionally, the manufacturer believes the new grade adheres better to paper, board and plastic films than previous grades.

Objects manufactured using this new grade of bioplastic are biodegradable and compostable alongside the standard European standard EN13432, and not classified as genetically modified. They can also be recycled along with waste paper.
Mater-Bi bioplastics are created by using starches, cellulose, vegetables and their combinations using technologies which Novamont has developed during 25 years of development and research.

Novamont commented on the release of this new grade: “We are now able to satisfy rising demand for compostable disposable products, thus solving problems associated with limited availability of some raw materials.

“Its biodegradability and compostability properties and its high content of renewable raw materials allow optimal organic waste management, reduce the environmental impact and contribute to the development of virtuous systems, with significant advantages throughout the entire production-consumption-disposal cycle.”

More widely, Novamont has been working with UK local councils to operate separate collections of bio-waste and is the sole supplier of compostable shoppers to Co-op UK. The manufacturer operates in 40 countries and is a Core Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative which aims to rethink plastic packaging systems worldwide. In February, Novamont developed a new cling film made from its Mater-Bi bioplastic.

In December 2019, the European Bioplastics market data update predicted bioplastic industry growth in the subsequent five years. Data revealed that the global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 2.1 million tonnes in 2019 to 2.4 million tonnes in 2024, with bio-based versions of polymers such as polypropylene (PP) and natural polymers such as polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) driving the predicted growth.

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