Compostable EN13432 Approved Adhesives

In recent years there has been a major increase in demand for compostable food packaging, due to the large amounts of plastic contamination in soil and marine environments. In 2010 Scitech developed a compostable water based laminating adhesive which passed the compost tests in accordance with EN13432. From this success we have been developing compostable adhesives and coatings for other applications including;

  • Pressure sensitive adhesives for tape and label markets.

  • Heat seal adhesives for paper and biofilm application.

  • Moisture barrier coatings for paper and biofilms.


Why compostable?

  • The UK Plastics Pact states that by 2025, 100% of plastic packaging has to be reusable, recyclable or compostable.

  • An environmentally friendly solution to prevent the build-up of currently non-recycled complex filmic laminates in the environment.

  • Compostable materials break down into CO2 and nutrients and do not lead to micro plastic pollution.

  • Industrial composting creates material which can enrich soil and aid farming activities and can reduce the use of landfill sites.

  • Increasing demand from consumers and brand owners to eliminate plastic pollution.

EN13432 Standard

In order to conform to this standard the product must pass four tests; biodegradation, disintegration, ecotoxicity and a heavy metals test.

The standard is a pass or fail test with two different criteria based on industrial or home composting conditions.

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