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MATER-BI®: BENEFITS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT


MATER-BI® CAN BE USED WITH ANY WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEM
Waste disposal is a problem for society and products should be designed with at least one disposal option in mind. In general, the greater the number of “end of life” scenarios, the greater the possibility that one of these options will be adopted. As well as traditional forms of recovery, Mater-Bi® has an additional option: organic recovery, namely the possibility of being recovered through composting. All disposal options currently available can therefore be applied to Mater-Bi® products: energy recovery, recycling and the disposal of the organic element are interchangeable, depending on the waste collection system in use in the area in question and the waste processing technology used locally.

Mater-Bi® can be used to make products that comply with the essential requirements of the EU Directive on packaging and packaging waste (94/62/EC) and that satisfy the respective harmonized European standards: EN 13430 (recycling), EN 13431 (energy recovery) and EN 13432 (organic recovery).

MATER-BI® USES ALTERNATIVE RAW MATERIALS AND ENERGY SOURCES

In the long term our society needs to substitute raw materials based on fossils (petroleum) with raw materials from renewable sources. Oil is a limited resource, the cost of which is rising due to increased global demand.

Mater-Bi® is the result of continuous efforts to use new technologies and new industrial supply chains based on the use of renewable energy and raw materials, while ensuring the highest levels of performance.

The use of renewable raw materials instead of those derived from fossils in the chemical and plastics industry can help control greenhouse gases, as these materials use atmospheric CO2 absorbed by plants through photosynthesis.

MATER-BI® AND SOIL FERTILITY

Mater-Bi® can help improve the process of composting: the fact that it can be composted makes it easy to separate waste collection (organic waste together with Mater-Bi® products) for organic recovery. In particular, Mater-Bi® bags, which can be composted together with organic waste, are an effective instrument for intercepting organic waste without then having to separate the bag from its contents. Similarly, in the case of products made from Mater-Bi® such as cutlery, tableware and food packaging, their compostability enables organic recycling of mixed waste, since both parts (objects made from Mater-Bi® and food waste) are biodegradable and compostable. This characteristic is important for any situation where there is a risk that organic waste will become contaminated by plastic products, thereby making it hard to recycle. Separate collection and recycling of organic waste in compost is highly advantageous for the environment as compost traps carbon in the soil and maintains its fertility. Every year 52 million tonnes of organic waste is produced in Europe (kitchen waste, food scraps, and garden waste). Waste incineration immediately releases greenhouses gases into the environment, while dumping in landfill releases methane (a powerful greenhouse gas). In contrast, organic recovery (e.g. composting, with or without anaerobic digestion), restores organic substances to the soil, with substantial reductions of CO2 emissions.




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