Aug. 15, 2011
SCA, a global hygiene company and makers of the Tork brand of away-from-home (AFH) paper products, has attained certification on its line of napkins from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), one of the largest independent compost certification groups in North America. This initiative ensures the napkin's product lifecycle from development, production, use and disposal remains environmentally responsible.
"As an industry leader committed to providing hygienic and environmentally responsible solutions, it was extremely important for us to obtain independent verification on the proper degradability of this core product in SCA's portfolio," said Mike Kapalko, SCA sustainability marketing manager. "As more cities across North America develop compostable waste systems, such as those in San Francisco and Vancouver, we're proud to announce to our customers that our napkins are safe to compost in large scale facilities and will turn into organic matter, ultimately helping lessen landfill waste."
The BPI certification verifies that all Universal and Advanced Tork napkins, including custom print, can be safely disposed of and quickly biodegrade in municipal and commercial composting facilities. In order for paper products to be approved by the BPI, they must meet the requirements in ASTM D6868, based on testing in a BPI-approved, independent laboratory and the results must be verified by third-party experts.
Tork's Universal and Advanced napkins also carry the EcoLogo and Green Seal certifications.
"The addition of BPI certification should prove to be especially valuable to our partners in the foodservice industry as they continue to move towards more sustainable operations and reducing their footprint," said Kapalko.
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