- April 06, 2012
FRANKLIN, WI | Precision Color Graphics (PCG) has earned Biodegradable Products Inst. (BPI) certification for its Ecoterah (patent pending) multilayer pouches and bags. The certification assures that the Ecoterah packaging products meet ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) D6868 and D6400 standards.
BPI is the accepted institution for regulating compostability claims in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. They promote the use and recycling of biodegradable polymeric materials (via composting). BPI is open to any materials and products that demonstrate they meet the requirements in ASTM D6400 or D6868 standards, based on testing in a BPI-approved laboratory.
BPI certification is awarded after a third-party laboratory performs rigorous compostability testing on every component of a product. Ecoterah pouches and bags can contain several paper layers, a water-based adhesive and, finally, a biopolymer sealant. The inner film is made with an earth-friendly alternative to petrochemical-based films, the company says. The carbon-neutral biopolymer is made with 100% annually renewable plant resources and is compostable to ASTM D6400 and DIN EN 13432 standards.
Ecoterah products are FDA-compliant and ideal for a wide array of consumer and pet food package applications. PCG can print the pouches with full-color graphics using water- or soy-based inks and still meet the strict BPI testing standards.