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COMPOSTING BEHAVIOUR:
HOME VS. INDUSTRIAL

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GENERAL COMPOSTING REQUIREMENTS

COMPOST REMAINING AFTER BIO-PLASTIC BIODEGRADATION TO REMAIN HIGH QUALITY WITH LIMITED RESIDUAL UNSTABLE MATERIALS

  • Final Compost Quality & Ecotoxicity: Final compost quality and ecotoxicity is to be validated as not adversely affecting plant germination and biomass production.

  • Chemical Composition: Standard set limits for volatile matter, heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Ni, Cd, Pb, Hg, Cr, Mo, Se, As) and fluorine

HOME COMPOSTABILITY - OK COMPOST HOME

AT LEAST 90% BIODEGRADATION IN 12 MONTHS AT AMBIENT TEMPERATURE IN THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

  • Disintegration: Physical decomposition into small fragments with 90% of the product able to pass through 2x2mm mesh after 6 months.

  • Biodegradation: Chemical breakdown into CO2, water and minerals by biological action within 12 months in a natural compost environment (20°C - 30°C).

INDUSTRIAL COMPOSTABILITY - EN13432

AT LEAST 90% BIODEGRADATION WITHIN 6 MONTHS IN AN INDUSTRIAL FACILITY 

  • Disintegration: Physical decomposition into small fragments with 90% of the product able to pass through 2x2mm mesh after 3 months

  • Biodegradation: Chemical breakdown into CO2, water and minerals by biological action within 6 months in an industrial composting environment (60°C - 70°C)

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Under industrial composting conditions,

a PLA bottle can decompose in 30 days

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Source: 1. Naser, A. Z., Deiab, I. & Darras, B. M. Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), green alternatives to petroleum-based plastics: a review. RSC Adv. 11, 17151–17196 (2021).
Based on en 13432, Based on TUV OK Compost home

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