Normec OWS will be present at the Responsible Packaging Expo at ExCeL in London on 10 and 11 October. Meet us at stand X41 and learn about our services.
Oxo-degradable plastics. Many of you have probably already heard of them. They are claimed to be biodegradable, although not everyone agrees. Currently the European Commission is considering a possible ban on oxo-degradable carrier bags. Also in France a group of MPs in the French National Assembly have called for a similar ban. Predictably, the oxo-degradable plastics industry reacted furiously.
Last year, OWS performed a large desk research study for Plastics Europe on the benefits and challenges of bio- and oxo-degradable plastics. A copy of this study can be found here, a copy of the summary here. Key aspect of this study was the evaluation of the validity of the existing claims on biodegradability of oxo-degradable plastics, from which it could be concluded that independent proof (or disproof) is today not (yet) available.
In this context, OWS, together with IKT-University Stuttgart, is setting up a multi-client project with the aim to find a “once and for all” (independent) answer on whether oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable or not. To make this study as objective and neutral as possible, we are aiming at a broad participation including government agencies, consumer goods producers, NGO’s, oxo-degradable producers, bioplastic industry, etc.
Details on the technical program and a summary of the project proposal can be found here.
Normec OWS has successfully renewed its TÜV certificates, further solidifying its status as an independent testing laboratory recognized by TÜV AUSTRIA.
We are thrilled to announce that after 30+ years of successful operations at Dok-Noord 5, we have now officially moved to our new location!