Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 11:56 GMT

Metsä Board awarded compostability certification

Fibre paperboard producer Metsä Board has been awarded the industrial compostability certification for its eco-barrier paperboard, Metsä Board Pro FSB EB1.

The eco-barrier paperboard features a non-plastic barrier treatment designed to improve grease resistance, making it an ecological packaging material for food, takeaway and food-on-the-go applications as it can be recycled alongside waste paper and board.

The Finnish firm achieved the certification for complying with DIN EN 13432 requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegration, and ASTM D6400 standards which covers the standard specification for labelling of plastics designed to be aerobically composted in municipal or industrial facilities.

Metsä Board describes itself as a “forerunner in bioeconomy” for its work utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed forests. The packaging firm focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

This external certification helps [brands] choose packaging materials that truly comply with their disposal requirements

The firm has also recently been recognised for its corporate sustainability efforts by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) which awarded Metsä Board a place on the CDP A-list for both climate change and water security.

Katja Tuomola, business development director at Metsä Board, says: “Brand owners are looking for new, more ecological solutions made of renewable, non-plastic materials, which can be composted and recycled. This external certification helps them choose packaging materials that truly comply with their disposal requirements.”

The certification was issued by DIN CERTCO and the testing was carried out by ISEGA laboratories in Germany.

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