Dr. Regina Henkel
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Dr. Regina Henkel

Compostability Mark of European Bioplastics: Industrial Products on the Compost Heap

What does really happen to a product when nobody needs it anymore? The option to let products decompose in an environmentally friendly way is certified with the Compostability Mark of European Bioplastics seal.

Even though industrial waste only becomes compostable at around 120 degrees, it can still be composted.
Even though industrial waste only becomes compostable at around 120 degrees, it can still be composted.

The Compostability Mark of European Bioplastics was introduced in 2000 as a seal to facilitate the identification of compostable products through a unique label. It’s awarded by European Bioplastics, a European association headquartered in Berlin.

A Certificate for Industrial Composting

The seal for the Compostability Mark of European Bioplastics.
The seal for the Compostability Mark of European Bioplastics.

There is a fundamental difference between industrial composting and composting for household use. The Compostability Mark of European Bioplastics seal addresses industrial products that decompose under certain temperature conditions (between around 120 and 160 °F) and rate of decomposition (six to twelve weeks).

By comparison, composting for a home garden can take longer and must be possible under normal temperatures, i.e. between around 65 to 85 °F.


Generally, the label could refer to all kinds of compostable products. In practice, however, the label chiefly concerns packaging and textiles.

Dr. Regina Henkel
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Dr. Regina Henkel


Dr. Regina Henkel
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Dr. Regina Henkel




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