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Biopolymer Company MHG Becomes First Company to Receive Vinçotte Certification for Marine Biodegradability

By Business Wire News   



BAINBRIDGE, Ga.

The biopolymer company MHG obtained the first OK biodegradable MARINE Certification from Vinçotte International. This verification distinguishes MHG’s truly marine biodegradable product from unverified claims by competitors with similar products.

The “OK biodegradable MARINE” certification became available from Vinçotte in March of 2015. Since many plastic products and packaging have a high chance of ending up in the ocean or other waterways, this functionality adds great value to qualifying bioplastics. With Vinçotte’s recently added certification, products that are certified and do end up in marine water will completely biodegrade, instead of continually breaking down into smaller contaminants. Vinçotte tested MHG’s PHA product according to International Standards, and confirmed it would naturally break down completely in marine water.

Vinçotte is extremely cautious in not encouraging littering, therefore the actual use of the OK biodegradable MARINE logo is only allowed on products that are used in the marine environment (e.g. fishing line, baits, cull panels etc.), the logo is not allowed on products that could possibly encourage the customer for (marine) littering.

Vinçotte serves as an independent and impartial service provider offering inspections, testing, certifications, and training in different fields, including environmental protection. Vinçotte tests products based on the European standard for compostable packaging and is in step with all current requirements. They are the only organization who offers customized certification labels for each biodegradation environment.

“This additional certification provides even more support to the credibility and potential of Nodax™ PHA to have a significant impact on replacing for plastics,” remarked Dr. Paul Pereira, MHG’s CEO and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. “The article ‘Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into Ocean’, published February 13, 2015 in Science Magazine, quantifies the amount of plastic pollution in the oceans, with the expected prediction for these staggering levels to continue to rise. As more evidence and research suggests the degraded welfare of all marine ecosystems, caused primarily from plastic pollution, the health of our oceans is a growing concern worldwide. With MHG’s ocean friendly product, our company provides a strong solution for a healthier planet.”

This certification is the fifth one MHG has received from Vinçotte. They also hold certifications for biodegradability in soil, freshwater, and home and industrial composting.

About MHG:

Meredian Holdings Group, Inc., also known as MHG, is the holding company of Meredian Inc., a recognized world leader in the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) and DaniMer Scientific, L.L.C., a specialist in the customization of biopolymer formulations that combine PHA, PLA and other biopolymers through a proprietary reactive extrusion process. Supported by a world-class group of dedicated, highly skilled team members, MHG offers a comprehensive selection of biopolymers that support the company’s core values of utilizing sustainable and renewable bioplastics to improve people’s lives at work and home. MHG and its subsidiaries currently own more than 125 patents across nearly 20 countries.MHG is headquartered in Bainbridge, Ga. To learn more about the company, please visit the website http://www.mhgbio.com. Be sure to follow MHG-Meredian and MHG-DaniMer on Facebook (MHG-Meredian, MHG-DaniMer), Linkedin (MHG-Meredian, MHG-DaniMer) and Twitter (@MHG_Meredian, @MHG_Danimer) to stay up to date regarding latest news with the company and in the industry. The company also has a Youtube channel and Pinterest page providing great visuals of the events and progress at the facility.

About Vinçotte

The Vinçotte group has an annual turnover of EUR 200 million and 16 offices worldwide.Our inspections, testing, certification and training provide a one-stop-shop for solutions to guarantee safety, sustainability and quality to companies and their surroundings. Our 2,500 impartial experts work by the book, and are determined to find a solution in every situation.

Today, Vinçotte is a leading, international certification body. Any organization can contact us for the certification of their management system with regards to standards in quality, safety, the environment, energy and CSR.

Our clients can rest assured. Vinçotte makes their reputation our responsibility.

For more information, please visit www.okbiodegradable.be.

For MHG
Denise Bilbow, 850-878-5433

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