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API sets new milestone in biodegradability of coffee capsules 

Italy-based API, specialized in the production of thermoplastic elastomeric compounds and bioplastics and acquired by global materials company Trinseo in July 2017, has announced it has broadened its portfolio of Apinat bioplastic materials for single-serve coffee capsules.

In response to a growing consumer demand for compostable coffee capsules, API has now launched various new grades of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics, including thermoplastic elastomers TPE-E and TPC.

Apinat bioplastics offer excellent mechanical and thermal characteristics during the brewing process and can easily substitute conventional plastics. The new grades are suitable both for injection moulding and continuous compression moulding.

The new Apinat grades boast a renewable content of 60% up to over 90% and comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and EU food contact regulations.

The products are also in conformity with the biodegradability standards of the European Bioplastics Association and the scientifically recognized standards for the biodegradability and compostability of plastic products (EU 13432/EN 14995 and US ASTM D6400 standards).

“Consumers are increasingly looking for eco-friendly solutions for their coffee machines,” said Aldo Zanetti, Business Unit Manager, API. “This innovation around APINAT Bioplastics reinforces API’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility, offering coffee in compostable coffee capsules.”

In 2016 alone, the industry still produced more than 35 billion non-recyclable plastic coffee capsules worldwide. Experts expect an increase of 17 billion plastic capsules by the end of 2020.



» Publication Date: 04/10/2017

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