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What is ASTM D6868?

With the rise of awareness surrounding climate change and the environmental impact of disposable products there is a clear need for sustainable solutions. The use of compostable and biodegradable materials in disposable products is one way that we in the restaurant and takeout industry can make a difference.

What does ASTM D6868 mean?

ASTM is the American Society for Testing and Materials. ASTM is a globally recognized organization that develops and publishes technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. The organization has over 12,000 standards and is a trusted source for industry-accepted standards and specifications.

ASTM D6868 specification refers to labeling requirements for products that have a biodegradable plastic film or coating, often referred to as bio-plastic. It covers products that are designed to be composted in municipal and industrial aerobic composting facilities.

he materials must meet certain standards including disintegration, meet certain levels of biodegradation, and leave no negative effects on the process by which the resulting compost is used for plant growth. As part of the assessment the tested bio-plastic materials are held to the same standard as traditional compostable products and materials.

How Does ASTM D6868 Apply to Disposable Takeout Supplies?

 Disposable takeout supplies, such as food containers, utensils, and packaging, are an essential part of our daily lives. However, traditional petroleum-based plastic materials used in these products can take hundreds of years to break down, and leave harmful micro-plastics behind. This is causing significant harm to the environment. The ASTM D6868 standard is one way to ensure that you're getting sustainable products for your restaurant or business.

The American Society for Testing and Materials plays a crucial role in the development and labeling of compostable plastics in disposable takeout supplies. At CiboWares we adhere to ASTM standards for compostability to ensure that our products are as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible. Many of our products carry the ASTM D6868 label and labels for other standards that include SFI certified and BPI Certified. Choose sustainable eco-friendly disposable products for your business has never been easier!

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