French Parliament adopts amendment that will have serious consequences for compostable packaging in France. The French Standard NF EN 13432 inspired from the European Standard EN 13432 sets the requirements for biodegradable and compostable packaging. It lists the technical criteria that a packaging has to respect to classified as “biodegradable” or “compostable” packaging. The French parliament adopted a new amendment (number 1181).
The amendments says: if the packaging is not “home compostable” it cannot be labelled “compostable”. The critics of the amendment say this is in contradiction to EN 13432 and the free circulation of goods in the EU.
This may not be a popular move but it may be a necessary one to ensure the emancipation of bioplastics. This will force bioplastics companies to aim for home compostability instead of just industrial compostability.