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Certification Confidence

Certification Confidence is Good – “DIN-Geprüft” is better! Additives for compostable products with certificate and international certification mark now with revised certification scheme By: Lukas Willhauck DIN CERTCO Gesellschaft für Konformitätsbewertung DIN CERTCO / TÜV Rheinland certification mark DIN-Geprüft Berlin, Germany DIN CERTCO / TÜV Rheinland – provides its now revised specific certification scheme for additives which is based on DIN EN 13432 and if applicable in connection with ASTM D 6400, ASTM D 6868, DIN EN 14995, DIN SPEC 1165 (CEN/TR 15822), NF T 51-800, ISO 17088, ISO 18606, AS 4736 and/or AS 5810 standards. New are the standards NF T 51-800 (French standard), ASTM D 6868 and DIN SPEC 1165. This certification is the additive module of the DIN Certco/ TÜV Rheinland certification system, which enables the certification and international quality labeling of biodegradable, industrial compostable, home compostable and biodegradable in soil products in a modular system which is based on one another. This helps to save time and money and to use a quality labelling system from a single source. Included in this certification scheme are printing inks, inorganic pigments, organic dyes, master batches and other biodegradable additives (e. g. glues, coatings, and processing aids) Manufacturers or providers of additives can effectively show that their products are suitable for composting with a certificate and well known internationally accepted certification mark of an independent and accredited third party certification body. The certification process for products made of compostable materials can be simplified and speeded up through the use of additives that have been certified by DIN Certco. In conjunction with the General Terms and Conditions of DIN Certco, the certification scheme forms the basis for suppliers of biodegradable and non-biodegradable additives to mark their products with the Certification Mark DIN-Geprüft. The Certification Mark DIN-Geprüft (= DIN tested) creates consumer confidence, in the way that an independent, neutral and competent body has carefully examined and assessed the product on the basis of the test criteria. Third-party monitoring further ensures that the quality of the product is maintained also during the on-going production process. In this way, the customer receives an added value, which he can take into consideration in deciding on his purchase. The following tests can be applied to prove the additives’ biological harmlessness and sufficient biodegradability: • Chemical test on heavy metal and halogen content • Laboratory testing of biodegradability • Ecotoxicological tests on plant and/or earth worm toxicity • An infrared transmission spectrum The exact scope of testing depends on the composition of the additive and on the requested standards for certification. All certificate holders can be viewed on the daily up-dated website of DIN Certco. www.dincertco.de 40 bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/16] Vol. 11

Market study on The consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe 2015 and 2020 A comprehensive market research report including consumption figures by polymer and application types FIRST MARKET STUDY ON CONSUMPTION OF COMPOSTABLE PLASTIC PRODUCTS PREDICTS DEMAND GROWTH nova-Institute publishes the first comprehensive market study on the consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe 2015 and 2020: 100,000 tonnes in 2015, market demand could grow to beyond 300,000 tonnes in 2020. Compostable plastic bags dominate the market for biodegradable plastics in Europe. They not only carry goods and biowaste but also the hopes of the bioplastics industry for huge markets in years to come. The legal framework and composting infrastructure of EU member states were found to be either the bottleneck or the key driver for market development. These are some of the main findings by the expert team at nova-Institute who researched the European market demand for biodegradable polymers by country as well as application, and analysed framework conditions in detail. The market of compostable and biodegradable plastic products grew to 100,000 tonnes in 2015, and could grow to beyond 300,000 tonnes in 2020 – if the legal framework were to be set more favourably. The full report contains more than 300 slides of: ■ Market and company data by geography, application and polymer. ■ Case studies on popular and promising products. ■ A special feature on biodegradability and organic waste management. ■ EU & Member States policy review and analysis. Scope of the report ■ Compostable or biodegradable polymer types: PLA, (Co-)Polyesters (PBAT, PBS(X), PLA-Copolyester Compounds, Starch-Copolyester Compounds, Others: PHA, compostable Cellophane films. ■ Applications: Biowaste bags, shopping bags, flexible packaging, rigid packaging, disposable tableware, coated paper/ board, agri-/horti-/aquaculture/Forestry equipment, consumer goods, fibre-based products, technical equipment. ■ Geographical coverage: Austria (AT)/ Germany(DE)/Switzerland (CH), Belgium (BE)/the Netherlands (NL), France (FR), Italy (IT), Sweden/Norway/Denmark/ Finland (N-EU), Spain (ES), United Kingdom/Ireland (UK-IE). 21% © – Institut.eu | 2016 Consumption of Biodegradable Plastic Products by Application in the European Union, 100,000 tonnes in 2015 in per cent 7% 4% Structure of the full report 1 Introduction 2 Summary & key findings 3 Production capacity data – Overview 4 Market data 2015 a. By polymer type (incl. company data) b. By geography: EU and national markets c. By application 5 Political landscape: Policies and legislation a. EU level b. Member States c. Special trend report: Bagislation 6 Market scenarios 2020 a. Market trends b. Case studies 7 Special feature: Standards – Labels – Claims 8 Conclusions & Recommendations A summary is available for free download: www.bio-based.eu/markets The full study is available for 3,500 € at www.bio-based.eu/biodegradable_market_ study The market study has more than 300 PowerPoint® slides of well-structured market and company data, case studies and a feature on biodegradation and composting. 68% Bags (all types) Packaging Consumer Goods Other Uses Authors Harald Kaeb (narocon, lead) Florence Aeschelmann, Lara Dammer and Michael Carus (nova-Institute) Contact Dipl.-Ing. Florence Aeschelmann +49 (0) 22 33 / 48 14-48 florence.aeschelmann@nova-institut.de Order the full report The full report can be ordered for 3,500 € plus VAT and the short version of the report can be downloaded for free at: www.bio-based.eu/markets

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