23 — Novamont
Designed to rebirth
Among the many Italian industrial excellences, Novamont is exceptional, thanks to its highly strategic activity in bioplastics and research into renewable raw materials. Continuing the work begun within the core of Italian chemistry, Novamont, under its CEO chemist Catia Bastioli, immediately stood out for its study of innovative bioplastics derived from agricultural waste such as maize, sunflower and cardoon. Starting with the upstream agricultural chain this research led, in the early 1990s, to the invention of
Mater-Bi, the first certified biodegradable, compostable bioplastic that is also recyclable with organic waste. Mater-Bi is used mainly for the production of biodegradable bags to replace those in the traditional polyethylene, and in the production of biodegradable film for agricultural crop mulching, food
packaging and personal care products. Mater-Bi created the world’s first biodegradable plastic bag, produced under a pilot project for urban refuse collection conducted by the Bavarian town of Fürstenfeldbruck in 1992.
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