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Biobased and industrially compostable packaging films

Materials that are derived in whole or in part from biomass resources are biobased. Biomass resources are organic materials that are available on a renewable or recurring basis such as crops, wood, grasses and aquatic plants.
Vinҫotte OK biobased certification determines the percentage of renewable raw materials in conformity to ASTM D 6866.
This standard distinguishes carbon resulting from contemporary biomass-based inputs from those derived from fossil-based inputs.
Both fossil and renewable raw materials consist mainly of carbon (C). Carbon occurs in several forms, called isotopes. Isotope C14 is radioactive and occurs naturally in all living organisms (plants, animals ...) in a fixed concentration where the (radio) activity level of C14 is 100%. Once an organism is no longer living, this concentration, and thus the activity rate, decays with a half-life of 5700 years. The C14-activity of an unknown substance can therefore determine how old the organism is (or rather how long it has been dead). On one side "young" carbon (0 to 10 years) derived from renewable raw materials (e.g. plants) has a C14-activity of about 100%. On the other side "old" carbon (millions of years), derived from fossils, has a C14 activity of about 0%. Thus, the concentration of young (or renewable) materials in comparison with the concentration of old (or fossil) resources is determined by measuring the C-14 activity of a material.

Industrial compostability
NATIVIA® films are accredited with the Seedling logo, which is a registered trademark owned by European Bioplastics. It proves that a product is certified industrially compostable according to the European standard EN 13432. When successfully certified, the product will fully biodegrade in an industrial composting plant under controlled conditions such as temperature, moisture and time frame – leaving nothing behind but water, biomass and CO2.
NATIVIA® films are certified industrially compostable according to EN 13432 by the independent body DIN CERTCO.
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