Agrana to present bioplastic developed from thermoplastic starch

Agrana to present bioplastic developed from thermoplastic starch

May 13, 2019
Press Release: Trans-Global Events

Bioplastic expert adds heavyweight expertise to expo lineup

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo has welcomed yet another sponsor to the ranks for the inaugural event, which takes place at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, 27-28 June 2019.

Among other products and areas of expertise, Agrana will be showcasing its ‘AGENACOMP’ bioplastic, a 50:50 blend of thermoplastic starch and a biologically degradable polyester that has given rise to bioplastic compound that is fully compostable at home. “The TÜV-certified compost tests revealed 100% degradation without microplastic residues,” explained Agrana CEO Johann Marihart.

Application areas for the new compound range from thin bags for fruit and vegetables to thicker carrier bags and even as packaging film.

The terms ‘biodegradable’ and ‘compostable’ are both used in connection with plastics made from renewable resources (bioplastics) as well as certain materials based on mineral oil. But not all biodegradable bioplastics are compostable. Critics are especially sensitive when it comes to the imprecise term ‘biodegradable’ because the international guidelines relevant for this classification (OECD 301 and OECD 302) do not specify the period of time in which the product must degrade. The result is often unsettled consumers who are not aware whether some bioplastic products are suitable as organic waste.

In terms of compostability, a differentiation needs to be made between ‘home-compostable’ and industrial composting processes. “Home compostability is without doubt particularly important,” Marihart added. “Taking care of our own composting is a means of reducing waste since this biowaste neither lands in the household waste nor needs to be separately collected via the organic waste bin and industrially disposed of. Around a third of all household waste is biowaste.”

The public needs to become far more aware of compostability at home as an important quality criterion in the case of bioplastics. “Other countries such as Italy and France are leading the way here and even implementing legal regulations prescribing that plastic bags must be suitable for home composting,” Marihart concluded. “This requirement should apply throughout the EU.”

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2019 will take place from Thursday 27 June to Friday 28 June, at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany. To register for this highly focused and solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

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