SPI Bioplastics council questions degradable additives

Published: January 23, 2013 1:03 pm ET
Updated: January 23, 2013 1:06 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Sustainability, Materials Suppliers
Companies & Associations Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.

WASHINGTON -- An industry group is questioning the scientific validity of biodegradability claims made by producers of degradable additives.

The concerns are included in an updated position paper from the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Bioplastics Council.

"We felt it was important to update our 2010 position paper because new terminology is now being used in the marketplace and new studies have become available," said Melissa Hockstad, SPI vice president, science, technology and regulatory affairs, in a news release.

"The 2013 version also includes updated information about standards and certification programs, as well as a new section on 'Guidance on Marketing Claims for Biodegradation.' "

According to the council, suppliers are making marketing claims about "biodegradation" where there is no scientific evidence, or proof that meet the standards of accepted, third-party vetted specifications.

The council stressed that any claim, especially claims for consumers, needs to be supported by third-party vetted scientific evidence based on well-established standard specifications.

"As bioplastics products continue to grow, it is the duty of the industry to provide clear, substantiated scientific third-party certifications that will assure stakeholders that the products offered meet their requirements for end-of-life and offer real value in their intended use," Washington-based SPI said in a news release.

The SPI Bioplastics Council considers the use of terms such as "degradable," "oxo-degradable," "oxo-biodegradable," "oxo-green" and "oxo-biodegradable" misleading.

The group will present the paper on Jan. 30 at the U.S. Composting Council's annual conference in Orlando, Fla.


Comments

SPI Bioplastics council questions degradable additives

Published: January 23, 2013 1:03 pm ET
Updated: January 23, 2013 1:06 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Investment firm buys Ontario cap molder

October 23, 2014 2:01 pm ET

A company whose varied interests include food and refrigerated transportation businesses is now moving into plastic caps.    More

Image

FTC warns bag makers to take care before making biodegradeability claims

October 23, 2014 12:30 pm ET

Makers of oxodegradable or oxo-biodegradable plastic bags should consider themselves on notice, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.    More

Image

Westlake adding ethylene capacity in Louisiana

October 23, 2014 9:54 pm ET

Westlake Chemical Corp. will add 250 million pounds of annual ethane-based ethylene capacity as part of a $330 million expansion project in Lake...    More

Image

PolyOne increases quarterly profits despite falling sales

October 23, 2014 4:55 pm ET

North American compounding leader PolyOne Corp. saw its third-quarter profit increase, even as sales fell vs. the year-ago period.    More

Image

Bemis reports record quarterly profit

October 23, 2014 1:06 pm ET

Bemis Company Inc. saw record per-share earnings from continuing operations during the third quarter, but charges associated with the divestiture of i...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events