- Micro seal in compostable plastic: https://www.pirsafa.com/en/news.php?id=10
- Bio-plastic coffee stirrer: https://www.pirsafa.com/en/paletta-per-caffe-bioplastica.php
- Compostable clips: https://www.pirsafa.com/en/spille.php
- Plastic ice cream sticks: https://www.pirsafa.com/en/stecco-per-gelati.php
- Size markers produced with plastic recovered from internal waste: https://www.pirsafa.com/en/news.php?id=22
- Stiffeners for collar shirt in compostable pla: https://www.pirsafa.com/en/news.php?id=28
EU Directive 2019/904 of 5 June 2019 imposing prohibitions or restrictions on the sale of certain disposable plastic items was published in the European Gazzetta Ufficiale on 12 June 2019. The purpose of issuing the directive was “to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic items on the environment, in particular the aquatic environment, and on human health” by establishing stricter standards for the pollutants most commonly found on European beaches and prohibiting the use of certain disposable plastic items.
In particular, we focus our attention on:
1. Reduction in consumption: referring to disposable plastic items, such as cups and their lids, and food containers.
2. Marketing restrictions: prohibiting the placing on the market of disposable plastic items (such as cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers, balloon support rods) and oxo-degradable plastic items.
The first material to be used as a substitute for traditional plastic (of which disposable products are made) is compostable plastic.
Compostable plastics are a subset of biodegradable plastics: the difference between them is to be found in the time the plastics take to decompose (much less in the case of compostable plastics).
The compostability of an item is regulated by European standard UNI EU 13432: 2002. To be declared compostable, an item must:
1– Disintegrate at least 90% (by weight) into fragments of less than 2 mm in 3 months, to prevent visual pollution of the end composted material.
2 – Biodegradation must release low levels of heavy metals into the compost which would inhibit its use as a fertilizer.
PLA is the most widespread compostable material that is derived from the transformation of sugars found in maize, beetroot, sugar cane and other natural, renewable materials. The technical characteristics make it suitable to replace traditional plastics in a variety of areas. The combination of biodegradability and the use of renewable resources means that plastics are produced from, and return to, renewable natural resources. This cannot be achieved with any other type of traditional plastic and is currently the best imitation of a natural material.
To adapt to the new European rules, we have implemented a programme to begin working with this material to provide an alternative to conventional disposable plastic tableware, with a focus on vending.
In particular, we supply:
Bio coffee/cappuccino stirrers, with a length of 11 cm, including their own hygienic cardboard containers (may also be sold without).
The product is 100% Italian CE marked, certified for MOCA (materials and articles intended to come into contact with food) and manufactured using compostable raw materials according to UNI EN 13432: 2002
The expiry date is 2 years following manufacture when stored in at a suitable temperature in the absence of direct sunlight and disposable in an organic fraction, while observing the regulations of the corresponding municipality.
Our BIO-stirrer, as well as being designed to make the article lighter and, therefore, limit raw material waste, is unique in its kind. Its cardboard packaging ensures a high degree of hygiene owing to the fact that the stirrer is extracted from above, with no need for a single wrapping of the items itself.
The MOCA declaration of conformity (materials and articles intended to come into contact with food) held by our stirrer is a mandatory certification to ensure compliance with certain mandatory food hygiene requirements.
The aim is to guarantee product quality at all stages of the manufacturing process.
Compostable kit for coffee consumption: in addition to our compostable PLA bio-stirrer, we also provide a small 80 cc compostable MATERBI cup. Both are suitable for coffee consumption, guaranteeing environmental sustainability and hygiene for the end consumer.
The sector is moving away from plastics and is shifting to other raw materials to create packaging that is perceived as more sustainable.
Paper is gaining widespread approval: despite being a renewable resource, it is important to bear in mind that we do not actually have any resources in nature available for unlimited removal that does not take into account natural regeneration times.
Disposable items made of paper and/or wood, although they are created from renewable sources, pose a number of significant criticisms such as – a greater weight of plastic items that impact storage and CO2 emissions during transportation, the need to ensure that they derive from sustainably managed forests in order not to foster deforestation, high levels of CO2 production for the processing and transportation of the raw material to the processing site, large quantities of water for manufacturing (more than twice as much as plastic items), difficulty in guaranteeing MOCA hygiene due to the porous nature of wood which absorbs a great deal of water, which thus favours the proliferation of bacteria, and extremely high costs and low recycling rates once used as they are contaminated by the foods they come into contact with (oils and sauces).
In this regard, to ensure high levels of hygiene for the end consumer and environmental sustainability, we provide plastic ice cream sticks made from compostable plastic, manufactured with food-grade certified raw materials and include the legislative requirements for MOCA manufacture. Once upon a time only wood was known... today we have intelligent plastic!
After having an ice cream, the plastic stick may be used for other purposes: coffee stirrers, spatulas for hot waxing, or hobbies.
The plastic ice cream sticks are moulded with ELECTRIC presses (without the use of any hydraulic oil), using hardened, treated moulds to eliminate the use of lubricants or additives. The use of odourless, tasteless plastic sticks enhances the value of 'Made in Italy' and respects the environment.
Our goal is to make a functioning plastic stick for ice cream abiding by food regulations, that is recyclable, has a long life as it can be re-purposed, that is bacteria-free, customizable and most importantly of all, is very low cost.
In addition to the food sector, our company produces and sells accessories for shirts, clothing and leather goods, printing both traditional and compostable plastic clothing accessories.
These green plastic accessories are created from green plastic and are used in the manufacture of size markers, seals/microseals, and clips – we can supply all these in a variety of shapes and sizes, according to the customer requirements.
As you can easily guess, the objective we wish to achieve is the production of high-quality accessories (also termed green plastic accessories) via continual improvements in the environmental impact that the manufacturing involves with a view to reducing it as much as possible.
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