Ahlstrom’s receives compostability certification from BPI

The company receives certification for its genuine vegetable parchment portfolio

Ahlstrom receives compostability certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) for its biodegradable and renewable fiber-based genuine vegetable parchment (GVP) portfolio for food applications. Now in possession of both the BPI certification and the company's existing TUV Home and Industrial compost certification, Ahlstrom’s GVP products offer multiple functional and sustainability attributes in a single technology.

These accreditations facilitate the possibility for Ahlstrom’s customers, whether converters or brand owners, to achieve their own sustainability goals. 

By using a scientific process, BPI officially certifies compostable products that meet ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 standards for compostability. BPI certification proves that a material will compost in a commercial composting facility, leaving behind no toxic residue or microplastics.

‘Parchment is truly a unique technology in which we manage to transform cellulose into a functional material without adding chemicals,’ said Mark Ushpol, executive vice president of Ahlstrom’s food and consumer packaging division. 

‘Our expertise and unique manufacturing capabilities enable us to create value through sustainability for our customers,’ Ushpol further explained. ‘By achieving BPI compostability with our market-leading GVP technology, we offer a full portfolio of sustainable and compostability-certified products.’ 

GVP products for food applications not only meet strict guidelines for food contact and compostability in an industrial or home setting, but also provide a wide array of functional attributes that are key for food applications like absolute grease-resistance with no PFAS, outstanding release, water resistance, high heat resistance, and more.