PolyOne announced at K 2016 that its OnColor™ BIO color concentrates have received OK compost HOME certification from Vinçotte, a leading independent firm. By selecting these advanced masterbatch colorants, manufacturers who produce bio-degradable polymer packaging can avoid the significant costs and time required to test their products for at-home compostability.
PolyOne is the first company in the polymer colorants industry to offer OK compost HOME certification for a full range of color concentrates compatible with bio-degradable polymers.
Combining our advanced colorant technology with bio-based polymers reduces the risk and cost of post-process testing, allowing processors to take full advantage of the emerging market for bags and packaging capable of home composting.
“Our OnColor BIO concentrates have been specifically designed to help our customers comply with new, increasingly rigorous home composting legislation,’’ said Christoph Palm, vice president, general manager, Color and Additives EMEA & India for PolyOne. “Combining our advanced colorant technology with bio-based polymers reduces the risk and cost of post-process testing, allowing processors to take full advantage of the emerging market for bags and packaging capable of home composting.”
OnColor BIO solutions address a previously unmet market need by enabling packaging producers to proactively meet toughening legislation, such as France’s new Energy Transition Law. Beginning January 1, 2017, the new law will require single-use carrier bags thinner than 50 microns – often called fruit and vegetable bags – to meet the French standard (T51-800 standard) for home composting. The law also applies to plastic packaging used for mail publications.
OnColor BIO color concentrates perform well with the bioplastics used in these applications. Available in a full palette of color choices, these colorants do not compromise the organic decomposition of the polymers they enhance.