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"With this new partnership, we want to further improve services for our processors through greater proximity, to meet our customers’ needs more effectively and increase our delivery flexibility. The cooperation will also allow us to support the separate collection of organic waste, as high-quality compost is important for climate change mitigation,” says Mia Pettersson, head of BASF’s global business unit Specialty Polymers. Since 2018 Spanish legislation has step by step tightened the consumption of bags made of conventional plastics, which in this year culminates in the obligation for retailers and bag producers to offer only light and very lightweight certified compostable bags to consumers. Thus, the Spanish market for biopolymers is expected to become one of the largest in Europe.

The BASF biopolymer ecovio¼ is certified compostable in accordance with e.g. DIN EN 13432. It is a blend of BASF’s PBAT ecoflex¼ and renewable raw materials, which means that ecovio¼ is also partly bio-based. Typical applications for ecovio¼ are organic waste bags, cling film, fruit and vegetable bags, as well as agricultural mulch films and food packaging applications.

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