The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Bioplastics Division today announced Novamont as the winner of the 2019 Innovation in Bioplastics Award. The company developed the Mater-Bi family of bioplastic polymers which is an innovative range of bioplastics created from plant-based feedstocks. Products made of Mater-Bi are used in many different sectors, providing unique and innovative solutions to specific environmental problems. Mater-Bi is suitable for processing by the most common conversion technologies: blowing, casting, extrusion/thermoforming and injection molding machines for traditional plastics.
“We are honored to present the Innovation in Bioplastics Award to Novamont, recognizing their years of work in the development of sustainable polymers,” said Patrick Krieger, director, regulatory & technical affairs at PLASTICS. “Mater-Bi embodies the three categories by which entrants are evaluated: sustainability, innovation, and commercial impact. Products made from Mater-Bi have reduced carbon footprints and supported alternative, sustainable end of life options for products and packaging. Congratulations Novamont.”
The compostable applications made of Mater-Bi include grocery and produce carrier bags, cutlery, food packaging and more. According to the European standard EN 13432, ASTM D6400 and other international standards, Mater-Bi has characteristics very similar to those of traditional plastics.
“The intrinsic biodegradability of Mater-Bi products is a factor that can mitigate ecological risk,” said Catia Bastioli, chief executive for Novamont. “Our approach seeks to prevent the pollution of waterways and the marine environment.”
The Innovation in Bioplastics Award is announced annually during PLASTICS’ Bioplastics Division’s Bioplastics Week. Bioplastics Week is a social media driven initiative created to increase the visibility of bioplastics and educate people about the many benefits of bioplastics. Follow the conversation using #BioplasticsWeek.
“On behalf of Novamont North America, we are honored to receive the prestigious
Innovation Award from PLASTICS,” said Dan Martens, vice president, Novamont North America. “Research and development, teamed with environmental science, can positively impact commercial activities and everyday life. We at Novamont will continue to work in that direction for the betterment of our integrated global community.”