CARBIOS Active: Enzymatic Solution for Compostable PLA in Food Contact Substances

Compostable Food Tray With Carbios Active

(Credit: CARBIOS)

by | Mar 11, 2024

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In a world striving for sustainability, the recent achievement of CARBIOS Active represents a significant leap forward. Its inclusion in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substances marks a monumental step in the harmonization of packaging innovation with ecological consciousness. This groundbreaking technology promises to redefine the standards of packaging materials, providing a 100% compostable solution at ambient temperatures.

Unpacking CARBIOS Active’s Impact

Polylactic Acid (PLA) packaging incorporating CARBIOS Active stands out not only for its compostable qualities but also for its capacity to support Food & Beverage brands in their sustainability commitments. Integrated directly into the plastic conversion processes, the enzyme fosters the creation of a new PLA generation. This material leaves behind no toxic residues or microplastics, embodying the ideal of a circular economy.

The encapsulated enzyme is integrated into manufacturing PLA packaging. It stays inactive during product use, maintaining mechanical properties. Upon collection with biowaste and composting, the enzyme activates for complete disintegration and biodegradation, resulting in non-toxic compost and soil enrichment.

“With the FDA’s clearance, we anticipate a surge in demand within North America for CARBIOS’ biodegradation solution. This is a testament to our team’s dedication,” affirms Emmanuel Ladent, CEO of CARBIOS.

One of the most compelling aspects of CARBIOS Active is its certification for both industrial and home composting by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), a testament to its quality and reliability. “CARBIOS Active addresses the growing demand for sustainable products. The FDA’s approval underscores its safety and efficacy,” a representative from the FDA remarked.

Increase in Sustainable Packaging Solutions

The certification and FDA inclusion herald a new era for the packaging industry, offering brands an effective way to meet increasing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) pressures. “Our enzyme-based solution is a game-changer for the packaging sector, meeting industry needs head-on,” comments Emmanuel Maille, a BPI official.

As companies worldwide face growing calls for sustainability, CARBIOS positions itself at the forefront of the movement towards more responsible consumption. “The market’s readiness for green solutions, coupled with escalating EPR regulations, underscores the urgency for innovations like CARBIOS Active,” notes Stuart MacDonald, Senior Advisor for CARBIOS Biodegradation Division, North America.

Looking Ahead

CARBIOS’ trajectory, including its partnership with Indorama Ventures for an industrial plant set to commission in 2025, points towards a sustainable future where technological advancements align with global sustainability goals. The company has increased resources to extend the lifecycle of plastics and textiles, illustrating the impactful outcomes achievable when innovation is applied with an eye toward environmental stewardship.

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