Posts including "Standardisation, certification, labelling":

How are environmental claims of bioplastic products soundly communicated?

2017-06-22T14:02:45+02:002 March 2016|

Environmental claims of bioplastic products should be specific, accurate, relevant and truthful. Furthermore, there should be independent third party substantiation for these claims.European Bioplastics has published a detailed guide regarding environmental communication. Related links: Environmental Communications Guide

What are the advantages of labels marking biobased property or compostability of bioplastics?

2017-06-22T14:01:32+02:002 March 2016|

A label awarded in accordance with independent certification based on acknowledged standards guarantees that the product fulfils the criteria claimed. As bioplastics cannot be distinguished from conventional plastics by non-experts, reliable labelling helps the consumer to identify these products. It also informs the consumer of particular additional qualities the material or product possesses. [...]

Which labels for bioplastic products do exist in Europe?

2018-07-19T16:12:48+02:002 March 2016|

Labels referring to the bio-based content are for example DIN-Geprüft biobased, OK biobased (both offering different labels reflecting the product’s share of bio-based content), and the new logo by Nederlandse Norm (NEN), based on EN 16785-1. Labels for industrially compostable products are, for example, the Seedling Logo, OK Compost, and DIN-Geprüft Industrial Compostable. [...]

Which institutions are involved in the certification of bioplastics in Europe?

2018-07-19T16:07:55+02:002 March 2016|

Certification of biodegradable/compostable products is available from TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium and DIN CERTCO (Germany) or one of its co-operating institutes such as AfOR (UK) and COBRO (Poland). The Seedling logo for industrial compostable plastic packaging (based on EN 13432) can be acquired from TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium or DIN CERTCO following successful certification. Certification [...]

How do standard, certification and label work together?

2017-06-22T12:28:43+02:002 March 2016|

A standard can be used as the basis for a certification scheme if it clearly defines the criteria and the testing procedures for the material or product. Once the certifier confirms compliance with the defined requirements, the respective product can be labelled with the corresponding logo. Related links: Harmonized standards for bioplastics Fact sheet: [...]

What are the relevant standards for bioplastics?

2017-06-22T12:25:50+02:002 March 2016|

Working Group 3 of the Technical Committee (TC) 411 of CEN has developed different standards for the measurement of the renewable content of biobased materials and, therefore, bioplastics. Most importantly, the European norm EN 16640 „Bio-based products – Determination of the bio-based carbon content of products using the radiocarbon method“, published in 2017, describes [...]

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