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German region to use BASF biodegradable bags

19/09/2011


A German district is set to use rubbish bags made of BASF's compostable plastic Ecovio FS after a successfully three month trial.
In April, the district of Bad Dürkheim gave 65,000 households 10 bags made of the material. Consulting company IBK-Solutions then monitored then analysed the compost at an organic composting plant and surveyed the residents about their use of the bags.
According to IBK-Solutions, the bags did not affect the quality of the compost (density, content of water and salt, pH value, nutrients and percentage of organic matter) and the plastic degraded completely. In addition, almost 90% of the residents which took part in the trial said they were satisfied with the bags.
“In the latest three-month project, we wanted to find out whether the residents are satisfied with the Ecovio bags,” Jens Hamprecht, responsible for global strategy and innovation management in BASF’s specialty plastics business unit, said in a statement. “It was also important for us to ensure that the very high quality of the compost in the Bad Dürkheim district is retained when the residents use the Ecovio bags.”
Ecovio FS is made of bio-based Ecoflex FS and PLA, obtained from corn starch.

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