Packaging manufacturers are faced with an increasing discussion about the environmental impact of their products. Growing landfill and the discussion about microplastics facilitate the developments of alternative concepts. Bio-based and biodegradable packaging might be solutions to reduce the pollution of the environment with durable food packaging.
European Directive 94/62/EC aims, as a first priority, at preventing the production of packaging waste and, as additional principles, at reuse, recycling and other forms of recovering packaging waste. EN 13432 is a harmonized European standard linked to the Directive and provides presumption of conformity with the essential requirements of the Directive.
EN13432 covers the requirements for packaging composting and biodegradation and a test scheme as well as evaluation criteria for the final acceptance The analysis in Eurofins’ accredited laboratories confirms the demands of EN 13432 with regards to chemical composition, biodegradation, physical disintegration into tiny pieces of max. 2 mm size as well as the quality of the compost. These parameters are the basis for the awarding of DIN CERTCO biodegradable logo.