April 4, 2013

Cereplast seeks $50m opportunity in Italy plastic bag ban

Bioplastic producer Cereplast put out this news yesterday about an Italian decree enforcing the legislation of a plastic bag ban effective May 27, 2013.

Cereplast noted that the decree -- published on March 18 in Italy's Official Gazette -- stated that merchants must discontinue the use of traditional single-use plastic bags in favor of bioplastic bags or other alternatives (such as paper, woven fabrics of natural fibers, polyamide fibers...). The law reportedly prohibits the use of Oxo biodegradable additives and requires Italian merchants to use compostable bags as defined by EN 13432 (a European standard evaluating the biodegradability of a material).

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