Certification of compostable products: what is it and how does it work?
DIN CERTCO Society for Conformity Assessment mbH
As the public demand for materials and products that do not exploit fossil resources such as gas, oil, coal, etc, grows, sustainability is increasingly a focal point for the industry, the market and consumers. Consequently, more and more it is becoming necessary for producers to prove that these fossil carbon sources have been replaced by bio-based carbon sources or to prove the respective end-of-life options, respectively. As consumers/users cannot easily identify these properties just by looking at them, independent proof and labeling is a necessity. In this presentation, the various standards and the possible ways for the certification of bioplastics or biocomposites – either biobased and/or biodegradable – will be introduced. Delegates will, therefore, be able to familiarize themselves with the most up-to-date standards and the latest bases of assessment in the world of certification. These include biobased products (ASTM D 6866, CEN/TS 16137, ISO 16620, EN 16785-1); products made of compostable materials (DIN EN 13432, ASTM D 6400, and others); products made of compostable materials for home and garden composting (AS 5810, NF T 51-800); biodegradability in soil (EN 17033); additives for biodegradable products; the BPI Certification Program (ASTM D 6400, ASTM D 6868); and ABA Certification (AS 4736, AS 5810). Additionally, a brief overview on legislation in Europe will be discussed.