The Lactips material is 100% bio-based according to the ISO 16620-2:2014 standard.
Solubility refers to a material’s ability to dissolve in a solution.
Biodegradation is a more complex biological process that corresponds to a material’s ability to decompose and be digested by things like microorganisms and fungi, which use the material as a resource. The material then disappears as the decomposers use it as food.
A water-soluble material is not necessarily biodegradable. Indeed, just because a material disappears visually does not mean that it has biodegraded.
Read the article : "What is the difference between solubility and biodegradation?"
The time it takes for the film made of the Lactips material to dissolve depends on the thickness and grade used. Refer to our product data sheets for more information.
The film produced from the Lactips material is biodegradable according to the ISO 14851 (aerobic) and ISO 15985 (anaerobic) standards. The Lactips pellets from CareTips 300A reference are certified OK Biodegradable Water by TÜV Austria and ASTM D6691, which covers aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials in marine environments.
The Lactips pellets are compostable using home composting. The Lactips CareTips from CareTips 300A reference material is certified OK Home Compost by TÜV Austria.
Lactips' CareTips material is composed of 100% ingredients of natural origin, mainly casein. This natural protein has been used historically for industrial applications such as constituents of ecological paints or glues, paper industry, cosmetic ingredients, etc. It is an available resource with an existing and stable value chain.