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05-29-2015

Corbion Purac's PLA Certified as Compostable

Corbion Purac, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, announces that its PLA resin has been officially certified as compostable by the European certification organization Vinçotte of Vilvoorde, Belgium. The PLA resins have been awarded the OK Compost logo as well as the European Bioplastics Association's Seedling logo.

François de Bie (figure: European Bioplastics)

The certifications allow downstream processors to develop compostable end-products based on a reliable and certified PLA resin foundation from Corbion Purac. The PLA and PDLA resins are available for commercial sale in pre-marketing volumes. "Achieving official compostability certifications from Vinçotte for Corbion Purac's PLA resins is an important milestone in the further development of our bioplastic portfolio", states Bioplastics Marketing Director François de Bie of Corbion Purac. "As a material, PLA is inherently a perfect fit with the requirements for compostable products and packaging," de Bie states.

Products or packaging featuring the OK compost label are guaranteed by Vinçotte as biodegradable in an industrial composting plant. The sole reference point for the certification program is the harmonized EN 13432: 2000 standard, which adheres to the requirements of the EU Packaging Directive ( 94/62/EEC)1. In addition to the OK Compost logo, Vinçotte is a certification body authorised by the European Bioplastics Association to award the Seedling logo to products that are in compliance with EN 13432. "By receiving both the OK compost and the Seedling logo, Corbion Purac's PLA resins can provide a strong base upon which article producers can develop compostable products that can be recognized throughout the entire European market", states Petra Michiels, Contract Manager at Vinçotte.

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