Since July 2023, DIN CERTCO GmbH (Berlin, Germany) offers a new certification scheme according to the new standard EN 17427:2022 “Packaging – Requirements and test scheme for carrier bags suitable for treatment in well-managed home composting installations”.
Based on the French standard, the European standard EN 17427 had been developed at the European level during the past year. The scope of this standard is limited to home compostable carrier bags. In addition to requirements for disintegration and biodegradability, the standard also includes specifications for extensive ecotoxicity tests and clear rules on environmentally hazardous substances and substances of very high concern. The new EU standards also includes guidelines on how well-managed home composting should look like and under which the certified bags then also biodegradable.
With this certification scheme, carrier bags, fruit and vegetable bags, and (organic) waste bags can be labeled with the trusted certification mark “DINplus Home Compostable Carrier Bags.” The modular certification scheme can also be used to certify the corresponding materials and semi-finished items
With this unique certification system according to a European standard, trust is created along the entire value chain of manufacturers, retailers, consumers and regulatory authorities.
Source: Bioplastics magazine, European Bioplastics