First Composting Certification Network Coming Soon

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European Bioplastics Bulletin

Producers, converters and users of bioplastics which are compostable according to the European standard EN 13432 / 14955 will soon be able to obtain the “seedling”, the EU-wide established eco-logo also via the Belgian certifier Vinçotte. 

As of 1 April 2012 Belgium-based Vinçotte will join the German certifier Din Certco in awarding the compostability logo “seedling”. Certification follows a consistent certification scheme.

A corresponding contract is being signed these days by European Bioplastics (trademark owner), Din Certco and Vinçotte.

European Bioplastics has been working with Din Certco for almost 15 years now. The renowned German certifier has awarded the “seedling” since 1997. Starting from 1 April 2012 the broader line-up of certifiers creates several benefits for both the bioplastics industry and the consumer:

  1. The compostability certification network broadens the services offered to the industry and strengthens the perception of the ”seedling”.
  2. Companies have more opportunities to get their products certified.
  3. The marketing of products as compostable according to EN 13432 is also fostered.
  4. In the end, consumers will profit from a broader range of quality assured and clearly labelled products as they can make informed buying decisions more easily.

“This will be the first certification network for compostable bioplastic products. We are positive that it will contribute significantly to a standardisation of compostability labels in Europe in the long run”, says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director at European Bioplastics.

The “seedling”

The “seedling” is the registered trademark of European Bioplastics. Products certified to be industrially compostable according to the European standard EN 13432 / 14955 may bear the “seedling” logo. The seedling, awarded by Din Certco since 1997, is a well established trademark in several countries of the European Union such as Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland as well as in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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