Novamont wins bioplastics court battle – Italy

Posted on February 16, 2015 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

Novamont wins bioplastics court battle.

The Court of Milan has ruled in favour of Italian biotech firm Novamont in its legal case against Kromabatch Srl, over the latter’s distribution of information claiming that traditional plastics with added d2w could be considered ‘biodegradable’ or ‘oxo-biodegradable’ according to standard UNI EN 13432. Kromabatch is a distributor of oxo-biodegradable plastics additive d2w in Italy.

The court ruling banned Kromabatch from claiming that the additive could give biodegradability to traditional plastics and ordered it to pay compensation for damages.

Oxodegradable plastics have not been shown to be biodegradable.  They fragment plastics to little pieces which is far worse for the environment.  This has to be made clear to all parties.   The Italian court was correct in this ruling.