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Greening of an Industry: Aldi offers biodegradable plastic shopping bags

German discount supermarket chain Aldi Süd is now offering its customers shopping bags converted by Victor Güthoff & Partner Group (Kerpen, Germany) from the biodegradable plastic Ecovio supplied by BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany).

Leistritz extrusion labGerman discount supermarket chain Aldi Süd is now offering its customers shopping bags converted by Victor Güthoff & Partner Group (Kerpen, Germany) from the biodegradable plastic Ecovio supplied by BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany).

Ecovio consists of BASF’s Ecoflex, a petrochemical-based polyester, with polylactic acid (PLA), which is based on cornstarch.

Although petrochemical-based, Ecoflex’s molecular structure is such that it can be digested by microbes; it is completely biodegradable according to European standard EN 13432. Ecoflex makes the bag flexible, tear-resistant, waterproof and suitable for printing, while the PLA component contributes the renewable raw material. Film processors can tailor their products so that, for example, film with a higher percentage of Ecoflex will be more flexible, whereas a higher percentage of Ecovio delivers a stiffer film.  [email protected]

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