Novamont pledges 40% minimum bio-based threshold for bioplastics range

Novamont has pledged a minimum bio-based content of at least 40% across its MATER-BI bioplastics, helping reduce CO2 emissions.

Making the announcement at the G7 Environment summit in Bologna, the Italian bioplastics manufacturer said some grades of its products would be 100% bio-based, and that up to 150,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents per year will be avoided compared with the impact from the average compostable bags currently on sale.

Novamont said over €700m have been invested throughout the years in proprietary technology, the regeneration of decommissioned industrial sites and the creation of new jobs.

The company is bringing forward the targets of Italy and France for bio-based content for applications such as fruit and vegetable bags, for which a minimum threshold of 40% will be established from 2018.

Catia Bastioli, Novamont’s chief executive, 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 which minimises the waste of organic matter, which is so fundamental for the soil, and maximise the possibility of recovering traditional plastics.”

She added that this was part of the circular economy model which requires collaboration with various stakeholders.

“Only in this way will it be possible to eliminate plastic pollution in our waters, which is 80% caused by non-virtuous behaviour on land.”



Waqas Qureshi

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