25 August 2010

BioSac: the first biodegradable and compostable cement bag

Innovative product in Ile-de-France region starting from March 2010

BildBioSac by Calcia provides a practical solution for all tradesmen and companies facing the challenge of managing building site waste. Developed in cooperation with Barbier, Limagrain, Mondi and Ciments Calcia, this 100% biodegradable and compostable bag adds an environmentally friendly scope to its intrinsic resistance and preservation qualities.

Today’s cement bags are made up of a double layer of Kraft paper, which ensures resistance, and a polyethylene-free film that preserves the product. This mix of different materials makes it difficult to recycle the packaging. The innovation of BioSac by Calcia lies in Biolice®, the 100% natural “free film” obtained from corn flour: an effective solution to facilitate the disposal of this kind of packaging.

BioSac by Calcia meets all the requirements set forth in European standard EN 13432 on recoverable biodegradable and compostable packaging. BioSac has obtained the OK Compost1 conformity mark (certificate No. S145). This new generation of packaging technology has successfully passed all tests ensuring that 96.3% of material can be decomposed with industrial composting systems in just 12 weeks. The Belgian Inspection Organisation AIB Vinçotte confirmed these results.

Thanks to BioSac by Calcia, professionals in the construction sector may take advantage of a 100% eco-friendly solution in line with the target 6 requirements in the High Quality Environmental standard for green building in France, related to minimizing waste in operations. CRH, Le Holloco, Point P, Prévot Cartier, Réseau Pro and the Société des Matériaux de Nogent will be marketing this innovative product in the Ile-de-France region starting from March 2010. BioSac by Calcia will reach the rest of France in the course of this year.

Source: Ciments Calcia, press release, 2010-08-25.

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