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Composting and bio-based are buzz words of the environmental revolution yet very few people seem to understand what they actually mean, and readily confuse them.
We hope to provide some guidance in understanding what is actually meant by the terms compostable and bio-based materials and show where these two terms may overlap where they are totally separate and their relative positions and values in the drive for sustainability.
Composting is an end of life recycling route where organic materials are degraded into a nutrient rich material which can be used as either a growing medium or as an additive to soils to provide nutrients for plant growth. Suitable materials can be certified against various international standards as being suitable for composting through either or both industrial composting plants or home composting systems.
Where the recycling by decomposition of compostable packaging creates a new end of life option, bio-based materials have rather different role. Bio-based materials are derived from biomass and their use actively displaces fossil derived materials from the supply chain. It is possible that some bio-based materials may be suitable for composting however this should be taken for granted.
Whilst compostable & bio-based materials occupy distinctly different areas of resource efficiency they are generally confused however both have valid roles to play in the modern environmentally aware world. Compostable materials divert waste away from disposal routes and permit material to be recycled into agriculture & horticulture whilst the use of bio-based materials reduces society’s reliance on fossil resources and related releases of Carbon Dioxide.
Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd REAL is a trading subsidiary of the Renewable Energy Association (REA). REAL operates several third party certification schemes to assure consumers and other stakeholders that green energy hscheme do meet the suppliers claims, in addition to these energy certification schemes REAL also operates schemes for the independent certification of compost and compostable & bio-based materials.
Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd work closely with our cooperation partners DIN Certco of Berlin to deliver a range of certification services to our clients. DIN Certco is the certification organisation of TÜV Rheinland Group and DIN, the German Institute for Standardization. It is highly regarded across Europe for its independence, neutrality, competence and more than 30 years’ experience in the field of product certification. We are currently able to offer clients a suite of schemes for the accreditation of compostable packaging and bio- based materials. It is possible to combine these schemes to allow the client to choose a combination of certification schemes best matched to their market needs.
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