Novamont has announced a new compostable MATER-BI grade for extrusion coating and extrusion lamination on paper, board and other substrates.

With this innovation, Novamont hopes to be in a position to satisfy the rise in demand for disposable products that can be composted together with paper and board, thus solving the problems associated with the limited availability of some raw materials.

Developed through work which has combined various Novamont production technologies, in comparison with previous versions, the company says that its new grade offers an appreciable improvement in process stability, coating thicknesses and processing speed comparable with LDPE, and excellent adhesion to different substrates (paper, board, plastic films).

From an environmental performance point of view, Novamont says that objects manufactured using the new grade – cups, dishes for catering, thin board for food use – are GMO-free, biodegradable, can be composted in accordance with standard UNI EN 13432 and can be recycled along with waste paper.

With “excellent toughness and resistance to perforation”, the company also states that such objects are suitable for food contact and microwave use and offer excellent resistance to oils and fats.