Bio Bag-certified compostable cling wrap (formerly PolarGruppen AS started producing compostable plastics in Norway in 1993)
I have written 2 previous posts on this company, BioBag. The first was a Q & A with Jennifer Wagner (you can read it by scrolling down to the column Categories on the right-hand side of this page with the title of People, Products and the Health of Our Planet) and the second a review of the company and the products they offer (find it under the column Categories on the right-hand side of this page with the title Company Reviews).
I was thrilled to hear about this new product from Jennifer, but it took a while for it to be available. Most people have used the conventional/commercial “Saran Wrap.” This is what most supermarkets sell for you to cover over you food for storage in the fridge. Years ago, before I was involved in a healthy lifestyle, I knew nothing about chemicals used in the plastics we bought. I didn’t know that it was toxic to use because it comes in contact with you food or the condensation drips in the food from the plastic wrap. A better wrap came on the market from a company called, Natural Value. This cling wrap has no PVC or plasticizers that would transfer to your food and works as well as the the Saran Wrap. Now with this new certified compostable cling wrap, we have the best of them all! You can use this wrap without worrying about using any chemicals that may come in contact with your food. When you are finished with it, simply discard it with other compostable waste in proper receptacles or a home compost system. It will compost right along with other organic waste to create nutrient-rich soil.
This cling wrap is very simple to use. It tears very easily with your fingers and there is no need for a knife or scissors. It seals well around most surfaces like glass, ceramic and metal. The material it is made of is called Mater-Bi (you can read more about it on the company website). I am also including some information here from searching on Google. BioBag uses a non-GMO source in their products.
WHAT IS MATER-BI®
Naturally biodegradable and compostable
Mater-Bi® is an innovative family of bioplastics that uses substances obtained from plants, such as corn starch, and biodegradable polymers obtained both from renewable raw materials and fossil raw materials. Manufactured in the factory in Terni, Mater-Bi® comes in granular form and can be processed using the most common transformation techniques for plastics. It can be used to create products whose characteristics are similar to or even better than those of traditional plastics, but which are perfectly biodegradable and compostable. The different forms of Mater-Bi® are known as ‘grades’ and each one is identified by a different code.
In the grades containing starch, the starch is “complexed” with variable quantities of biodegradable polymeric complexing agents to create a variety of molecular superstructures with a wide range of properties that can be put to many different uses.
In the broad Mater-Bi® family, the most recent ‘second generation’ grades arose out of research into raw materials obtained from vegetable oils. This new product range presents synergies with the already consolidated technology of starch processing.
All Mater-Bi® products are biodegradable through composting. Some can be composted under the harsher conditions of domestic composting, while others biodegrade in the soil
As versatile as plastic.
There are numerous applications and areas in which Mater-Bi® can be used. The extreme flexibility of the product lines from the Terni factory and the proven experience in the development of applications with customers allows it to be customised in many ways and ensures an effective response to a range of requirements. Examples include agricultural applications (mulching film, twine), catering (plates, cutlery, cups, and trays), packaging (fresh fruit and vegetables, muesli, bakery products), accessories, toys and biofiller for the automotive sector.
I love this product and all the others ones that BioBag has on the market. I look forward to their next innovation and have the opportunity to review it. They are doing a great service to humanity, as they say on their package, “Changing the World Without Changing the Earth!”. You can read more about this company, BioBag, their products and where to purchase by scrolling on the right-hand side of this page under the column titled Blogroll.
Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.