Glossary term

Compostable Plastics

Plastics that are biodegradable under composting conditions: specified humidity, temperature, microorganisms and timeframe. In order to make accurate and specific claims about compostability, the location (home, industrial) and timeframe need to be specified [1]. Several national and international standards exist for clearer definitions, for example EN 14995 Plastics – Evaluation of compostability – Test scheme and specifications. [bM 02/06, bM 01/07]