Mater-Bi: Compostable fruit and vegetable bags ready for EU markets

Source: Novamont S.p.A.

Novara/Milan, Italy — The third and fourth generation Mater-Bi is now available for the production of fruit and vegetable bags in those European markets where demand for compostable solutions is growing, also as a result of new national legislations restricting the use of traditional plastics.

From the 1st of January 2017, for instance, all plastic fruit and vegetable bags for self-service in French supermarkets will have to be „home compostable“ – i.e. that can be disposed of together with household food waste and sent for composting – and with a growing renewable component (minimum 30 percent in the first year to rise gradually to 50 percent by 2020 and to 60 percent by 2025).

The Novamont Group, thanks to important investments sustained in the last ten years in new pioneering plants and integrated supply chains, is already able to offer the market „home compostable“ applications with a renewable content well above 30 percent, due to advanced green bio-chemical intermediates produced in the new Matrìca biorefinery in Porto Torres, Sardinia.

Fourth-generation Mater-Bi with a renewable content well over 50 percent will be available from September 2016, when the new Mater-Biotech plant in Bottrighe (Rovigo, Veneto) will open for production.

The new fruit and vegetable bags are currently undergoing blind tests in several European supermarket chains. Third and fourth generation Mater-Bi films have exceptional features like maximum transparency, tear resistant, resistant to breakage and breathable.

Source: Novamont S.p.A.