Marine biodegradation tests for Mater Bi®

Biodegradation tests overseen by the Italian Institute of Plastics show that the fourth generation biodegradable plastic Mater-Bi® has achieved biodegradation of over 80% in around 220 days

The laboratory tests simulate the environmental conditions of the sea bed and the seashore, habitats where a lot of plastic waste ends up. These data confirm that compostable products also tend to biodegrade under natural conditions, such as the marine environment, over a relatively short time.

This is the first step on a path that will lead to the definition of a process of certification by the IIP.

About Novamont:

Novamont is the leading company in the development and production of materials and biochemicals through the integration of chemistry, the environment and agriculture. With 323 employees (20% employed full time in R&D), it registered a turnover of €135 million in 2012 and made continuous investments in research and development activities (4.9% of its 2012 turnover). It has a portfolio of around 1,000 patents. It has its headquarters in Novara, a production facility in Terni and research laboratories in Novara, Terni and Piana di Monte Verna (CE). Novamont has subsidiaries in Porto Torres (SS) and Bottrighe (RO). It has commercial offices in Germany, France and the United States and operates through its own distributors in Benelux, Scandinavia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


Novamont, press release, 2014-02-18.


Italian Institute of Plastics (IIP)
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