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Sacks and shoppers compliant with uni en 13432:2002

Bags and shoppers that meet the legal requirements of European legislation 13432:2002, which identifies the characteristics these products must have to be biodegradable and compostable.


Biodegradable and compostable bags/shoppers can be used for sorted waste collection or in other situations that require the use of products that must be disposed of in the environment. For this reason, a European regulation adopted in Italy also establishes the features that a material must possess in order to be deemed biodegradable or compostable.

  • degrade at least 90% in 6 months, if subject to a carbon dioxide rich environment; these values ​​must be tested with the standard method EN 14046 (also called ISO 14855);
  • in contact with organic materials for a period of 3 months, the mass of material must consist of at least 90% of fragments smaller than 2 mm; these values ​​must be tested against EN 14045 standard methods;
  • the material must not adversely affect the composting process;
  • low concentration of heavy metals added to the material;
  • pH values ​​within established limits;
  • salt content ​​within established limits;
  • volatile solids ​​within established limits;
  • concentration of nitrogen, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium within established limits.

This product is covered by a specific manufacturer's assurance.

Biodegradable and compostable: let's clarify

The main difference between “biodegradable” and “compostable” essentially concerns the timing in which the envelope (in this case, sachet or bag) is reabsorbed in the environment. In fact, the term biodegradable means all such material can be reabsorbed by the environment in a defined number of years. On the other hand, when we speak of compostable we mean material that is reabsorbed in the environment in reduced form and within specific time (3 months if in direct contact with organic material).

Fields of application

The COMPOSTABLE BAGS product is produced for industries of these areas:

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