Lindamar Industries, a US manufacturer and supplier of custom plastic bags, is launching a line of compostable bags made from renewable corn starch and biodegradable polymers.
According to Lindamar, the bags meet international composting standards, including ASTM International's D6400 and European Standard EN13432 certification requirements, and are designed to compost safely and quickly in municipal, commercial or industrial composting facilities without negatively impacting the resulting compost.
Lindamar is using a resin from a company associated with BASF to manufacture the bags.
President and CEO Anthony Hall would not disclose financial details, but said that launching the new product required a “fairly large investment.”
Lindamar reconditioned two of its extrusion lines to work with the compostable material. The company also adapted two converting machines and dedicated them to the new project, along with increasing its staff by 10%.
The bags are currently about 10% of Lindamar's business, but could shortly make up 30-35% of business, he added.