Better not Biodegradable!
Biodegradable plastic articles and packaging are not preferred in relation to reusable and recyclable plastic articles / packaging, according to the “Dutch Kennisinstituut Verpakken” (KIDV) in a press release dated 19 August 2018. The National Waste Management Plan of 18 December 2017, even says that they are not according to the research by CE Delft, the GFT Transition Agenda for Plastics and the policy on biodegradable plastics in the National Waste Management Plan. (source KIDV)

The market for environmentally-conscious articles is constantly growing and so it is becoming more and more important for entrepreneurs in the current age as well. The question, however, is whether the processing of, for example, cardboard cups / paper dish plates should be BIO. So NO is the answer right now. Our cardboard cups and plates are made from paper fibers from sustainable forestry. The micro thin PE inner coating prevents the soaking of, for example a cup or paper dish plate.

The Dutch Advertising Code Commission considers the slogan “100% compostable misleading. The trade association and the largest international waste processor in the compost field RENEWI themselves admit on the 20th of March 2020 in the Dutch Monitor/NCRV programme that the cups consumed by the broadcasters and the state government with millions of pieces, end up in normal incinerators with the residual waste and are not recycled because the solutions are too expensive. So it turns out the stories about compostable cups are a pure marketing ploy.

Because in the past years the processes of composting plants have been accelerated, the biodegradable plastic packaging does not break down quickly enough and remains behind in the compost, according to the “Afvalfonds Netherlands”. If the biodegradable plastic ends up with the other plastic waste, it can affect the quality of the recyclate. Biodegradable plastic should therefore be disposed of with residual waste and not in the green waste bin or with other plastic waste. This has been decided by the Stichting Afvalfonds Verpakking. (source: VM Packaging Management) This means that BIO articles, despite being much more expensive, in Europe end up at the waste normal incinerator.

Stora Enso
We only use approved raw materials for safe food contact.
Manufacturer Stora Enso has tested the food and consumer safety of our plastic-coated cups in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 0/2011.
All Stora Enso Consumer Board products (cardboard + PE coating) are safe for the intended end use and can be safely in direct contact with food.