Totally Compostable Bio Label
October 18, 2017
VBR is able to provide a fully thermal self-adhesive label totally biodegradable and compostable according to the UNI EN 13432 legislation, which is applicable to multiple sectors (food and non-food).
It is the first naturally thermal self-adhesive label with a natural closed cycle, since, after its use, it can be disposed with organic substances in composting centers.
The term “compostable” refers to standards related to the non-toxicity of the decomposed material when dispersed in the environment.
The compostability, according to UNI EN 13432 legislation, can be verified mainly by four criteria:
- Biodegradation: chemical breakdown of materials into co2 water and minerals. Pursuant to the standard at least 90% of the materials have to be broken down by biological action within 6 months.
- Disintegration: the physical decomposition of a product into tiny pieces. After 12 weeks at least 90% of the product should be able to pass through a 2×2 mm mesh And must have less than 10% lower than the initial mass.
- Heavy metals: verification of the level of some heavy materials such as mercury, lead, cadmium …
- Ecotoxicity tests: this involves making an examination to see if the germination and biomass production of plants are not adversely effected by the influence of composted packaging.
The sale of the “OK compost” label is authorized only when the raw material of the product is certified by TÜV Austria: