International test and certification body TÜV Austria Cert GmbH has granted official certification to several of Clariant’s bio-based processing and dispersing additives.
The company’s Licocare RBW Vita range, Licolub FA 1 and Licowax C have earned the OK compost INDUSTRIAL certificate, signalling they are guaranteed as biodegradable in an industrial composting plant, in accordance with the criteria of the EN 13432 standard.
In addition to achieving industrial compostability certification, Clariant’s Licocare RBW 102 Vita was also awarded the OK biodegradable SOIL label, a key advantage for agricultural applications.
The company’s range of Licocare RBW Vita additives, which are based on rice bran oil, also belong the EcoTain product portfolio. Products bearing the EcoTain label have undergone a systematic, in-depth screening process using 36 criteria in all three sustainability dimensions and hence offer outstanding sustainability advantages.
Clariant’s Licocare RBW Vita wax products are based on >98% renewable content, and enhance both processing speeds and performance, providing glossier, smoother surfaces and higher durability for the final product. The soil biodegradable RBW 102 Vita product contributes to better film forming and flowability, increased water resistance and anti-caking. In addition, it can decrease the environmental impact of agricultural coatings in the soil.
The OK compost INDUSTRIAL label offers converters the assurance that the product is compatible with the industrial composting facilities used to recover biomass at the end of life and will support the commercial adoption of bioplastics into an ever-wider range of applications.
“Converting bioplastics into commercially viable goods has long been limited, among the others, by the lack of suitable bio-based additives. Our performance-boosting, renewable solutions take on this challenge,” said Manuel Mueller, Global Market Segment Leader, Clariant BU Additives.