MATERIALS

Materials

Our commitment to the environment is confirmed by the choice of simple and natural materials,
completely biodegradable and compostable.

Bagasse

Bagasse is the residue of the milling and pressing of sugar cane. Its fibrous texture makes it an excellent substitute for the more traditional containers in polystyrene for its lightness, strength and suitability for contact with food, including acidic and greasy foods. Appreciated also because it is odorless and tasteless, it withstands heating at high temperatures (up to 200°C) and freezing, and is certified as a compostable material pursuant to European Standard EN 13432 (it takes on average 30-90 days to become compost if properly disposed of).

Birch wood

Birch wood, a natural material with surprising antibacterial properties, is particularly appreciated for its strength and flexibility. From FSC®-certified Siberian forests, it does not undergo any bleaching or chemical processes.
For this reason, it is safe for contact even with hot foods and is a compostable material par excellence that can be returned to nature in the same form in which nature gave it to us.

Cardboard with water-based barrier coating

Cardboard with water-based barrier coating from organic polymers, generally called lactates, consists in applying a polyethylene- or PLA-free mixture to the inner walls of the cup that is heat-sealed starting at 125°C. Since lactates do not have a melting point, they do not become a structural component of the finished product, but rather act exclusively as a barrier to liquids and grease. These characteristics make them not classifiable as plastic materials based on the definitions used in both the Food Contact Plastics Regulation (EU) 10/2011 as well as under Directive (EU) 2019/904 on S.U.P.

What is the difference between BIODEGRADABLE and COMPOSTABLE?

Two similar but actually very different concepts. All waste is biodegradable, but the variable to be considered when trying to understand its environmental impact is time. Hundreds of years may pass before a material breaks down into simple organic molecules. Instead, a compostable material biodegrades much more quickly (for example, a bagasse plate disintegrates in 2/3 months), turning into compost, a topsoil used in agriculture as a natural fertilizer.

Bianucci Group, always attentive to consumers’ health as well as to respect for the environment, entrusts the safety of its products to testing by the major international certification bodies that can attest to their essential requisites such as compostability and suitability for contact with food.
We review the performance tests on our products on a yearly basis through accredited independent labs.

OK compost INDUSTRIAL

Packaging or products featuring the OK compost INDUSTRIAL label are guaranteed as biodegradable in an industrial composting plant. This applies to all their components, inks and additives. The sole reference point for the certification program is the harmonized EN 13432: 2000 standard: in any event, any product featuring the OK compost INDUSTRIAL logo complies with the requirements of the EU Packaging Directive (94/62/EC).
European standard EN 13432 on the compostability of packaging requires (in addition to the clear and detailed description of the product), 4 analyses:
– Biodegradability test (chemical degradation of the fibers’ polymer)
– Disintegratability test (physical breaking down of the product into small fragments)
– Ecotoxicity test (verification that the composted product has no negative effects on plants)
– Test on heavy metal content

NOTE – Biodegradation, ecotoxicity and heavy metal content are characteristics of the material, while disintegration is a characteristic of the material and of the form (final product).*

OK compost HOME

Owing to the comparatively smaller volume of waste involved, the temperature in a garden compost heap is clearly lower and less constant than in an industrial composting environment. This is why composting in the garden is a more difficult, slower-paced process.
TÜV AUSTRIA’s innovative answer to this challenge was to develop OK compost HOME to guarantee complete biodegradability in the light of specific requirements, even in your garden compost heap.*

Seedling

TÜV AUSTRIA (formerly Vinçotte) is a certification body authorized by European Bioplastics and may therefore award the Seedling logo to products that are in compliance with EN 13432. OK compost INDUSTRIAL and the Seedling logo, TÜV AUSTRIA’s certificate holders have a way to give their compostable products recognition throughout the entire European market.*
DIN Certco and TÜV AUSTRIA operate under the same certification scheme for the Seedling logo, while both working as independent certification bodies for European Bioplastics Association (owner of the Seedling logo). You could compare this to two different shops that sell the same brand. DIN Certco and TÜV AUSTRIA can therefore not recognize each other’s certifications without additional evaluation. With the permission of the client (because of the confidentiality of the data), DIN Certco and TÜV AUSTRIA will however do their utmost to exchange data with each other to allow this additional evaluation to transpire as swiftly as possible.

FSC

Chain of Custody (CoC) certification guarantees the traceability of materials from FSC certified forests and it is essential in order to apply FSC labels on products.
The possession of a valid FSC Chain of Custody certification is a necessary condition to be able to sell a product as certified. Thanks to this certification a company can guarantee the market about the origin of the wood or of the paper used for its products and therefore demonstrate in a correct, transparent and controlled way its active contribution to responsible forest management.
FSC certification refers to forest-based products, hence to wood (round wood, sawn wood, veneers, fuel wood, chips, etc.) and to wood-based products (panels, furniture, frames, pellet etc.), but also to wood derivatives such as cellulose pulp and to paper (tissue, office paper, printing papers, etc.).**

MOCA Certifications

Regarding the standards that establish suitability for food contact, EcoCanny products are compliant with the following Community legislation (for sugar cane and birch wood products):

  • Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 and subsequent amendments and addenda
  • Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 and subsequent amendments and addenda

with the following Italian legislation (for sugar cane and birch wood products):

  • Ministerial Decree No 21/03/1973 and subsequent amendments and updates
  • Presidential Decree No 777/1982 and subsequent amendments and updates
  • Legislative Decree No 29/2017 and subsequent amendments and updates

to French legislation (for sugar cane products):

  • Décret No 766/07 and subsequent amendments and updates
  • Fiche MCDA No 4 (V02 – 01/01/2019) Aptitude au contact alimentaire des matériaux organiques à base de fibres végétales destinés à entrer en contact avec des denrées alimentaire
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