Industrial and home compostability certifications for Metsä Board’s eco-barrier paperboard

The plastic-free eco-barrier paperboard, MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB, has recently achieved DIN CERTCO certificates in both industrial and home compostability. The industrial certification complies with DIN EN 13432 and ASTM D6400 standards and the home compostability certification complies with NF T 51-800. Eco-barrier paperboard is manufactured by Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium lightweight paperboards, and part of the Metsä Group.

DIN EN 13432 standard refers to ‘Requirements for Packaging Recoverable through Composting and Biodegradation’. US certification ASTM D 6400 covers the ‘Standard Specification for Labelling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities’. Home compostability is certified according to the French Standard NF T 51-800: Plastics – Specifications for plastics suitable for home composting, which can be applied to other materials like paperboards as well.

MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB is made of pure fresh fibres sourced from sustainably managed Northern European forests. It is safe for direct food contact and is free from optical brighteners (OBA free) and fluorochemicals. Being plastic-free it does not require a plastic separation process making it easy and cost-efficient to recycle. Like all Metsä Board paperboards, it is lightweight, contributing to a reduction of the carbon footprint throughout the whole chain.

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NeoPS, a new raw material for plant biomass

Knauf Industries launches NeoPS, a new raw material made from plant biomass and renewable resources. Certified by REDcert, a guarantee that guarantees mandatory sustainability for biofuels and bioliquids based on the EU Directive on renewable energy, this expandable monomaterial is also suitable for the manufacture of food packaging.

It is a step forward in the production of eco-sustainable packaging and, by dispensing with fossil raw materials of petrochemical origin, its carbon footprint is much lower than that of other materials.

NeoPS is obtained through a chemical process from a plant biomass composed of plant residues, such as branches and leaves, and residues of soy, corn, wheat or cereals. For its elaboration it does not use agricultural plantations.
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P&G advances in its sustainability objectives ‘Ambition 2030’

Procter & Gamble (P&G) continues to advance its sustainability strategy to achieve its ‘Ambition 2030’ goals. P&G is promoting numerous circular economy projects in Europe with the use of circular resin in its hair care packaging (polyethylene terephthalate - PET) and in Ariel liquid detergent bottles (alliance to supply recycled high-density polyethylene - HDPE).

In fact, P&G has been recognized for its efforts to lead the packaging, sorting and supply of post-consumer recycled resin through the HolyGrail project, winner of the 'Innovation of the Year in Circular Economy' category at the UK Edie Sustainability Awards and recently recognized with the 1000 Efficient Solutions label from the Solar Impulse Foundation.

Its Lenor, Unstoppables and Fairy brands will be the first to commercially implement HolyGrail smart packaging in Europe. Ariel Cold Wash and Fairy, with their Fairycology program, also received the 1000 Efficient Solutions label from the Solar Impulse Foundation for allowing sustainable washing through lower energy and water consumption.

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Verescence joins the Science Based Targets initiative

Verescence has committed to set a science-based Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reductions target by joining the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The company will submit its target within the end 2022 in line with the latest climate science. 

Four years after the Paris Agreement, 798 private sector companies have joined the SBTi. Verescence is the first glassmaker for luxury Perfumery and Cosmetics to commit.

The SBTi is a collaboration between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). It encourages companies to set targets for reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions based on scientific data, in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

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New value chains for urban biowaste for producing bioproducts

Aimplas is participating in the WaysTUP! project, funded by Horizon 2020. The project aims to turn urban biowaste into resources such as food additives, condiments, insect protein, bioethanol, biosolvents and bioplastics.
The WaysTUP! project will develop and implement an approach involving a behavioural change in citizens and local communities. By improving their perceptions of urban biowaste as a local resource, the goal is to promote active citizen participation in separate collection of urban biowaste for recovery.
Aimplas’s role in the project will consist of producing packaging from PHA from coffee and oil waste. PHA will first be formulated so it can be extruded, the sheet will be manufactured and the packaging will then be thermoformed.

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