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Marco Arezio - Consulente materie plastiche - rNEWS: Melinda and Novamont Allied for Sustainable Packaging

The agreement between Melinda, an apple producer and Novamont, a producer of plastics from renewable sources, is not only interesting as an agreement between a fruit producer and a leader raw materials for an increasingly sustainable packaging, but it is also important, as stated in the article by Adnkronos, as the two companies are studying to reuse apple waste as a source of sugar extraction for bioplastic production processes.

Reduce the impact of packaging as much as possible on the environment. This is the objective of the partnership signed by Melinda with Novamont - an Italian company in the production of bioplastics from renewable, biodegradable and compostable sources according to the Uni En 13432 standard, which allowed the development of a bioplastic film that together with tray, stamps and labels makes the packaging for the entire Melinda Bio line totally compostable.

All the packaging, made with consumer friendly graphics, can be recycled by collecting the organic fraction of the waste to be transformed in compost, i.e. fertilizer for the soil, after treatment in special industrial plants.

As a guarantee of certified biodegradability and compostability, each pack of the Melinda Bio line will bear the 'Ok compost Industrial' mark valid for each individual component of the pack.

The whole process will not only allow a better management of waste streams, reducing their contamination, but also to bring clean organic matter back to the soil, contributing to the restoration of its fertility and the reduction of CO2 emissions.

Thanks to this partnership, every package of Melinda Bio will also bear the MaterBi brand, owned by Novamont, which identifies the material first high quality bioplastic of which the film is made, a further guarantee for the consumer.

According to a logic of learning by doing, the partnership between Melinda and Novamont has also given life to a research project on the use of processing waste of the apple of the Melinda supply chain for the extraction of second generation sugars that will be used for the production process of the bioplastic itself: a perfect example of a circular bioeconomy that sees two realities belonging to extremely several collaborate on a territorial project.

"The goal is to develop increasingly sustainable processes in a valley that has the requisites to be a model of sustainability on the national and international scene, continuing to find innovative solutions to conduct a modern and increasingly environmentally friendly fruit growing" he declares Paolo Gerevini, General Manager of the Melinda Consortium.

" We have found in Novamont the ideal partner with whom to develop projects that allow us to be increasingly respectful of the environment even in the production of packaging for our fruit and we look to the future by collaborating with them in a circular economy perspective.

A project certainly ambitious but in line with the skills and desire for development of our companies, both leaders in their sector ".

"I want to thank Melinda for choosing to experiment with us new solutions with a pioneering and constructive spirit - says Catia Bastioli, Novamont CEO, - in the awareness of the interconnections between climate change, degradation of ecosystems, loss of biodiversity, food, pollution, cohesion social and territories. Having a partner like Melinda at our side in our research path is an extraordinary result for us ". 

"Like Novamont, by applying the circular bioeconomy model, we have contributed to the creation of the first integrated Italian supply chain for bioplastics and biochemicals, with soil health as a starting and ending point, reactivating 5 deindustrialized sites and creating supply chain agreements with world of agriculture, collaborating with composting plants, as well as with a network of innovative transformers, with large-scale distribution, with brand owners, with universities and research centers.

Today this model has grown and has become an Italian demo project and the development of innovative bioproducts as systemic solutions has proven to be able to feed the many and diversified supply chains of great value in the country" concludes Bastioli.

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