The seedling, is a reliable label for compostability. The logo and the certificate number printed on the product assists in the decision on purchasing and disposal (sorting).
Biodegradable and compostable products should be certified according to EN 13432 / 14995 standards. Independent third party certification ensures conformity of the product with the referenced standards and certification stipulations. The seedling-label must, and will be, implemented across the entire EU, and is now already an established and accepted identifier in Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.
In 2004, Producers have signed a voluntary self-commitment on product certification, which has been acknowledged by the European DG Enterprise. With its voluntary self-commitment to apply product certification for compostable plastic products the bioplastics industry stresses the need and importance of this measure.
As the terms biodegradable and compostable are not always used correctly, the association has published information on so-called “degradable”, “oxo-degradable” or better “oxo-fragmentable” plastic products.