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Novolex Receives BPI Compostable Certifications

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Duro, a Hartsville, South Carolina-based Novolex brand, has received the Biodegradable Products Institute certification for several products in its Dubl Life line of paper bags and sacks.

The products are among the first on the market to receive this certification, expanding the company’s portfolio of certified compostable items. In another first, the bags will also feature the How2Compost and How2Recycle labels, which informs consumers of how to dispose of the packaging after use.

The How2Compost and How2Recycle labeling systems are managed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, whose members includes brands that want their packaging to be recycled and composted. The goal of these labels is to communicate the composting and recycling instructions for these products to the public.

The SPC uses an assessment process in order to designate labels for use on products. The use of the How2Compost label requires testing by the Biodegradable Products Institute to ensure the packaging can be processed in a commercial composting facility.

As BPI states on its website, “The compostable logo builds credibility and recognition for products that meet the ASTM D6400 and/or D6868 standards so consumers, composters, regulators and others can be assured that the product will biodegrade as expected.”

“At Novolex, our goal is to minimize the environmental footprint of packaging and maximize our production of sustainable products,” said Adrianne Tipton, chief technology officer. “Earning these important certifications again demonstrates our support of the circular economy, and reaffirms our corporate commitment to sustainability.”

Dubl Life products are made from 100 percent recycled materials, with a minimum of 60 percent post-consumer recycled paper. One of the goals of the Dubl Life brand is to drive awareness of the benefits of recycling and, with the addition of the How2Compost label, awareness of composting as well.

Dubl Life bags and sacks are also FSC Chain of Command certified. The certification, developed by the Forest Stewardship Council, lets consumers know that the product comes from responsibly managed sources. 

Information about Dubl Life bags and sacks can be found at novolex.com.

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