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Questions relating to Composting

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Composting Claims and Microplastic Pollution

  • It’s now well recognised that glitter poses an environmental microplastic pollution issue.
  • ECHA (European Chemical Agency) have specified that fresh water biodegradability is the level of testing required for determination of whether or not a polymeric material is considered a microplastic.
  • Fresh water biodegradability requires a significantly higher level of performance than composting.

At Ronald Britton, we believe that making references to composting performance when environmental microplastic pollution is the real issue afoot can be misleading and adds to the confusion.

Bioglitter™ is designed to biodegrade quickly and safely in natural freshwater environments. Ronald Britton Ltd uses TÜV OK biodegradable WATER certification as a simple and clear means of communicating this fact to our customers.

We believe OK biodegradable WATER certification cuts through the confusion.  Moreover, the ISO 14851 and ISO 14852 biodegradability tests at the heart of this certification are also specified by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in its proposed EU Microplastic legislation due to be published in 2022.  These tests are used to determine whether or not a polymeric material is considered a microplastic.

Key Points:

  • Bioglitter™ biodegrades quickly and safely in the natural environment
  • A level of certification considered the highest of its kind in the world
  • Certification cuts through confusing messages around plastic content and biodegradability
  • Biodegradable doesn’t mean an excuse to litter, we do not encourage indiscriminate use of glitter outdoors