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08-23-2012

BASF: Pilot Project with Compostable and Disposable Tableware

BASF’s biodegradable plastic ecovio FS Paper takes center stage in a pilot project involving disposable and biodegradable tableware during the ADAC Masters Weekend motorsport event being held from August 24 to 26 at the race track Lausitzring. During the weekend of the event, the Polster Catering company, which is in charge of general catering at the Lausitzring, will use only cardboard trays and paper plates that are compostable. Cups will follow suit next season.

The disposable tableware, manufactured by the Hosti International GmbH, Pfedelbach, is not made of a conventional plastic, but rather of paper that is coated with a thin layer of ecovio FS Paper. This creates disposable tableware whose plastic layer ensures that it does not soak through but which does not have to be incinerated – as is usually the case – after being used. Instead, it can be processed along with the organic waste in order to yield valuable compost. This high-quality soil is subsequently used again at the Lausitzring in order to upgrade the soil that has been stressed by the open-cast mining in the past. Thanks to this closed loop system, the project partners have breathed life into a project that is unique on the European continent.

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