and Bioplastics

API is a member of the European Bioplastics Association, which defines bioplastics as:
  • Biodegradable plastics that respect all the criteria on the scientifically recognised standards for the biodegradability and compostability of plastic products (EU 13432/EN 14995 and US ASTM D6400 standards).
  • Plastics from renewable raw materials (bio-based plastics even if not biodegradable).
All APINAT BIO®series products fully comply with biodegradability standards.
API has an increasing commitment in developing products which make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and the greenhouse effect (Kyoto Protocol). This dedication has also led to the development of the APINAT BIO®series of bioplastics derived from renewable raw materials.
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and Biodegradability

The process of biodegradability is defined as the degradation of plastic (in aerobic or anaerobic conditions) in carbon dioxide, water (or methane), mineral salts and biomass, or by microorganisms such as bacteria, fungus and seaweed.
According to European standards EN 13432 and EN 14995 a material is considered to be biodegradable if it degrades by at least 90% within 6 months (180 days).

UNI EN 14046 and ISO 14855-1 standards
regulate testing for ultimate aerobic biodegradability under controlled composting conditions. In these tests fine particles of APINAT BIO®were placed in compost (a mixture of organic materials which promotes the development of microorganisms) and kept at constant temperature (58°C) and humidity (40%) in the presence of oxygen.

Aerobic & Anaeorobic Bioegradation
Aerobic & Anaerobic Biodegradation
Apinat® Biodegradation
APINAT BIO® Biodegradation Chart