BLOOMINGTON, Minn., Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Organix Solutions, an organics recovery and municipal solid waste company based in Minnesota, receives its OK biodegradable SOIL Certification from Vinçotte International on its product line of black soil biodegradable agricultural mulch film called Organix A.G. Film™. This verification distinguishes Organix A.G. Film from its competitors and unverified claims of biodegradability of similar products.
The OK biodegradable SOIL label verifies that a product will completely biodegrade in the soil without adversely affecting the environment under ISO 17556, ASTM D5988 or ISO 11266. Soil biodegradability offers huge benefits for agricultural mulch films as they can be tilled in to the soil after harvest. Microbes in the soil will break down the film into CO2, biomass and water.
The US Composting Council society advocates for healthy soil through practices like the application of high quality compost and sustainable practices that benefit farmers. "We also recognize Vinçotte's OK biodegradable SOIL is a standard that proves materials will biodegrade in soil without negatively impacting the ability of the soil to grow plants," said The U.S. Composting Council's Executive Director Frank Franciosi. "This certification label offers a significant benefit to the agricultural and horticultural market."
"The OK biodegradable SOIL Certification is an exciting achievement for us because it verifies our biopolymer agricultural mulch films will safely and naturally biodegrade in soil while providing all the performance characteristics growers need in a mulch film for their crops," said Organix Solutions' Managing Director Stuart MacDonald. "When we consider commercializing a product, our primary consideration is its end-of-life destination, whether it is industrial composting or in a farmers' field."
Organix Solutions' agricultural mulch films are made with ecovio®, a compostable biopolymer by BASF® for performance materials that completely biodegrade in a commercially reasonable period.
About Organix Solutions
Organix Solutions provides cost-effective and sustainable collection and processing solutions that recover organic waste and maximize the potential value of recyclable feed stocks. Our patented Blue Bag Organics® and Green Bag Organix™ co-collection program eliminates the need to add routes, trucks and containers to collect organics, saving enormous costs. The company also manufactures agricultural mulch films developed for soil biodegradable applications. At the end of the growing cycle, Organix A.G. Film® can be plowed into the soil, eliminating a significant amount of agricultural plastic waste sent to landfill. For more information, please visit www.OrganixSolutions.com
Vinçotte is an independent organization that specializes in inspection, certification and testing activities focused on safety, quality and the environment. It employs over 1800 people worldwide. Tapping into the experience it has built up throughout its 100-year-old history, Vinçotte developed the OK Compost conformity mark, its specification and its logo. www.okcompost.be/en/recognising-ok-environment-logos/ok-biodegradable/
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit www.basf.us.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at www.basf.com.
About US Composting Council
The US Composting Council advances compost manufacturing, compost utilization, and organics recycling to benefit our members, society, and the environment. We believe compost manufacturing and compost utilization are central to creating healthy soils, clean air and water, a stable climate, and a sustainable society. https://compostingcouncil.org
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