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    BIOPAP S.r.l. Benefit Company ” 2024 Growth Champion”!

    The German Institute for Quality and Finance ITQF and La Repubblica Affari & Finanza newspaper have once again listed BIOPAP® in the top 800 most dynamic Italian companies, recording the greatest economic growth of the last three years.

    It is a high recognition that makes us proud of our constant commitment and our ability to create innovative food packaging solutions, strongly oriented towards concrete sustainability, which always create added value for all stakeholders.

     

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    BIOPAP® becomes BENEFIT Company

    2024 begins with a decisive step towards complete Sustainability
    We are thrilled to share with you important news: BIOPAP® is now officially a BENEFIT Company!

    “With the transition to a Benefit Company, we want to contribute to the construction of a community oriented towards environmentally socially sustainable development. This reflects our long-term vision and commitment to generate value for the entire community, and foster a positive supply chain,” says Maria Teresa Brassiolo, Board Member, and Co-founder of BIOPAP®.

    BIOPAP is recognized for producing sustainable, compostable, and biodegradable food containers with unique features of circularity and performance. Massimo Folador, CEO of Askesis Società Benefit Srl, who has accompanied BIOPAP® on this journey, comments: “BIOPAP® has been a Benefit Company since its inception, due to the ethical business choices and sustainability efforts made over the years. Today’s formal decision represents a natural progression, and above all a testimony to its community.”

    The innovative legal instrument of a Benefit Company, provided by Italian legislation, involves an analysis of the company’s characteristic values, the definition of the Common Good, and a modification of the corporate statute with specific commitments regarding governance, purposes, and reporting.
    “For these reasons, we have chosen the transformation into a Benefit Company. We believe that this is a strong and lasting commitment that best represents our business vision,” declares Filippo Rossi, Co-Founder, and Board Member.

    BIOPAP® has always been committed to minimizing the environmental impacts of its activities through reduced resource consumption, zero CO2 emissions in its production process, zero waste, and the use of raw materials and energy exclusively from renewable sources. Similarly, it is socially active both internally and externally to promote local employment, the quality and safety of work environments, the exchange between schools and industrial activities, and the development of talents in young students.

    “The transition to a Benefit Company is a natural step for BIOPAP® and aims to be an active testimony and an example to promote and rediscover the commitment that every business must have towards society and the environment. Thanks to all the members who have approved this path, to the Askesis team, and to all colleagues and collaborators who have actively participated in meetings, share, and animate this spirit every day,” concludes Michelangelo Anderlini President, and Co-founder.

    Thank you for being a part of this important transition towards a more sustainable future.

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    BIOPAP® Winner of the Sustainable Forestry Community award 2023 as Best Product of Forest Origin, awarded at ECOMONDO – the main sustainable practices venue in Italy

    The award is now in its fifth edition, promoted by PEFC Italy and Legambiente (the Italian Environment fund) to support well managed forest practices in the internal areas of the country.

    BIOPAP S.r.l. Benefit Company was awarded as Best Product of Forest Origin ”for having been able to combine industrial production and environmental care, creating a system of compostable and biodegradable food containers and trays, with forest-based raw materials of European origin and PEFC certified supply chains, creating furthermore, a production plant designed to have zero CO2 emissions, zero process waste and completely self-sufficient in energy.“

    A much appreciated recognition from 2 leading independent NGO’s and the National Farmer’s Association that sees us as “forerunners and visionaries”, “creators of new paradigms”, “innovators, driving by example who believed in the value of #circularity combined with efficiency”. A commitment to the value of #Sustainability as a catalyst for the community, supported by long term investments and continuous Research & Development.

    The prize has been awarded to Filippo Maria Rossi, Co-founder and Managing Director and Giovanna Mastromonaco Marketing Manager by Silvia Piconcelli of Confagricoltura Vice Chair COPA COGECA and Antonio Brunori, General Secretary of PEFC Italia.

    BIOPAP® high-performance compostable containers are used by the most demanding international caterers and the premium food industry. They stand out for the consistency and commitment from over 20 years of activity aimed at full sustainability.

    During the ceremony Filippo Rossi said: “Since the beginning of our activity we have thought of creating products that, in addition to being functional for the end user, would impact on the environment as little as possible and that everything that was upstream of the product should be consistent with the product itself. As an example, the renewable raw materials used to produce our BIOPAP® trays come from certified European forests and 100% of our product range is certified PEFC”.

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    We thank the PLEF Association – Planet Life Economy Foundation ETS for giving us the opportunity to testify and talk about our experience and our sustainability journey.

    The interview, taken from the Green News Podcast, is part of the selection of contents

    on sustainability issues with focus on the business sector and on consumer goods

     

    The October 20th edition gave the stage to Michelangelo Anderlini, President of

    BIOPAP® S.r.l. Benefit Company, on BIOPAP’s  sustainable approach and on the principles that

    have guided its development and the start-up of the new 0-emissions production plant.

     

    We want to report some very thoughtful comments from those who have had the opportunity to

    listen to it:

     

    √ appreciation for a strategic approach to sustainability, where the purpose is clear

    superior; what actually goes beyond one’s own interest.

     

    √ Michelangelo’s intervention recalls the passion of the late Giuseppe Anderlini,

    co-founder of BIOPAP® who, with targeted ideas and documents, already over 15 years ago,

    raised awareness among interlocutors of the problem of plastic pollution in the environment

    and in the seas;

     

    √ strong attention to the systemic approach, which takes all sustainability constraints into consideration, from energy issues to safety, from water consumption to

    land use;

     

    √ adoption of recognized certification systems, which guarantee the origin, the

    product traceability and quality;

     

    √ attention to nature which teaches us that every system can guarantee itself

    self-sufficiency and must be able to regenerate;

     

    √ understanding corporate choices that transcend interests and individuals

    stakeholders.

     

    To listen to an extract of Michelangelo Anderlini’s speech click here

     

     

    #PLEF #sustainability #Green News #BIOPAP®

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    BIOPAP® Leads the Way to a Sustainable Future with the Inauguration of its New Eco-Friendly Plant

    A “Sustainability Conference” benchmarking Italian best practices marks the opening of the new BIOPAP® state-of-the-art production facility

    September, 2023, Settimo Milanese

     

    BIOPAP®, leading Italian company specializing in the production of fully compostable, biodegradable, and recyclable food containers, is set to unveil its new plant on September 29th during an exclusive Sustainability Conference. The event will host distinguished guests from governmental, economic, and sustainability sectors.

    This milestone marks BIOPAP’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and innovation, thus confirming its positioning as an inspiring role model. The new facility, dedicated to the production of the company’s patented products, will double the company’s production capacity. Like its other production sites, this plant operates with zero CO2 emissions, generates zero processing waste, and is entirely self-sufficient in terms of energy, relying solely on electricity from renewable sources, making it a world best practice in circularity and climate change fight.

    For over two decades, BIOPAP has been a global leader in the development and production of high-performance, “Made in Italy” sustainable food containers that are compostable and recyclable, boasting unique circularity, performance, and temperature resistance. BIOPAP exclusively uses certified raw materials from renewable forests, maintaining international excellence in exporting its eco-friendly products worldwide. With this cutting-edge facility, BIOPAP further amplifies its commitment to sustainability.

    The inauguration ceremony will feature prominent guests, including Attilio Fontana, Governor of the Lombardy Region; Federico D’Andrea, President of AMSA; Professor Massimo Folador from LIUC; Antonio Brunori, Secretary General of PEFC Italia; Diego Capocci, Director of Operations at Milano Ristorazione; Giovanni Scalia Director General of Cartiere SACI; Marco Ricci from the Italian Composters’ Consortium and the Mayor of Settimo Milanese Sara Santagostino. BIOPAP’s key Italian and European partners will also participate.

    The inauguration of our new facility marks a new chapter in our company’s history. We are grateful for the support from our partners, clients, and stakeholders who have enabled us to reach this milestone. They share our commitment to sustainability and innovation. With our new products and production capabilities, we strengthen our offering of circular and eco-friendly solutions, always at the forefront of progress.” said Michelangelo Anderlini, President of BIOPAP®.

     

     

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    For media inquiries and further information, please contact:

    BIOPAP®

    Email: info@biopap.com       Phone: +39.02.48926406      www.biopap.com

     

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    Compostable BIOPAP Genius Meal Tray® Wins the 2023 HOST Smart Label Recognition by POLI.design and FieraMilano

    BIOPAP®’s Revolutionary System for Sustainable Catering in Communities, Cafeterias, Hospitals, and Institutions Awarded by HOST

    Settimo Milanese, September 1, 2023.

    BIOPAP® leader in the production of fully compostable food containers, continues to receive recognition for its innovative products. The BIOPAP Genius Meal Tray® system of trays has been awarded by the judging panel of the HOST Innovation Award, promoted by Fiera Milano in collaboration with POLI.design, in the Green SMART Label category, which is reserved for technological and socio-environmental innovations. The award ceremony is scheduled for October 13th this year during the HOST Milano exhibition at FieraMilano.

     

    BIOPAP®’s patented revolutionary system, the Genius Meal Tray®, allows for the use of a single integrated and fully compostable meal tray to prepare, store in a refrigerated environment, heat, and serve a complete meal, including appetizers, main courses with side dishes, and desserts/fruits, with one section being hot and the other cold. This innovation translates into a significant reduction in the time required for meal preparation, distribution, and collection. At the end of the service, the BIOPAP Genius Meal Tray® is directly sent for composting along with any food leftovers, eliminating the need for additional handling during collection.

     

    This system makes the management of meals for communities entirely circular, thanks to a fully biodegradable tray certified as compostable according to the UNI EN 13432:202 standard, made entirely from natural cellulose-derived materials. This new approach optimizes both time and service costs, reduces food waste, and returns organic components to agriculture by initiating composting, completing the cycle with a positive environmental impact.

     

    For over 20 years, BIOPAP® has been a global leader in the development and production of high-performance food containers, entirely Made in Italy, compostable, recyclable, and sustainable. Their products stand out for their unique circularity and resistance performance at both low and high temperatures, made from certified renewable raw materials.

     

    “BIOPAP Genius Meal Tray® represents a revolution in meal distribution in communities, optimizing production, distribution, and collection times, reducing food waste, and improving the quality of life for operators and end users,” said BIOPAP® President Michelangelo Anderlini. “We continue our commitment to sustainability and innovation, providing our customers with genuinely new, efficient, and cutting-edge solutions, all while caring for the environment.”

     

     

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    The Award Ceremony in the Green SMART Label Category will take place on October 13th at HOST

     

     

    For more information:
    BIOPAP®   Email: info@biopap.com
    Phone: 0248926406
    Website: www.biopap.com
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    Italy Best Practice in biological circularity: from the collection of bio-waste with compostable food packaging to the transformation into compost.

    This positive evolution that places Italy as a Best-Practice has gone hand in hand with the development of separate waste collection, which already began in the mid-1990s with the Ronchi Decree. Milan is an excellence among excellences, the city that collects the most bio-waste per capita in all of Europe with over 110 kg/inhabitant equal to 6 times the EU average and allowing a savings in CO2 emissions of over 9000 T/year.

     

    Italian legislation also requires certified compostable packaging to be collected in the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (FORSU). In fact, compostable food packaging has its ideal end of life together with food residues and kitchen waste to which they give dry matter and from which they draw humidity and microorganisms to facilitate their degradation and disintegration. According to recent BIOREPACK data, in 2022 over 46,600T of compostable packaging was composted out of a total of over 4.6 million T of total bio-waste collection, equal to approximately 1% of the total.

     

    But compost is not the only positive result of organic waste collection. In the integrated cycles of anaerobic digestion, in addition to composting used for agriculture, also biomethane is produced for automotive use and carbon dioxide for food industry applications. Italy currently has the largest and most advanced organic fraction treatment systems because it has been able to create a virtuous circle with a great variety of treatment plants throughout the territory, favoring the growth of local ecosystems and with great advantages for agriculture.

     

    The recent proposal under discussion of the European Commission on the management of packaging waste has completely neglected this excellent experience which works both economically and environmentally, bringing a significant positive effect in terms of fighting against climate change. The Italian Model deserves to become a benchmark and can be spread throughout Europe with significant advantages for the environment and for local communities.

     

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    BIOPAP® meets students

    Thanks to the Professors of ITET Aulo Ceccato school in Thiene (VI) who organized the meeting and thanks to the students who participated with so many questions.

    On April 26th, we completed the second day dedicated to students; the first one was held on April 13th, and we are happy with the enthusiasm we generated.

     

    Doing business also means interaction with communities and in particular with young people who will be its interlocutors and players in the future. That is why in BIOPAP we annually organize a series of meetings-visits with high school or professional school classes in order to describe to the students the various aspects of life in the company.

     

    In particular, we explain the specifities of BIOPAP, the way our sustainability path was born and developed, the role and social commitment of the company and the people behind it, as well as the values that should bind company-environment-community. Our idea of food containers suitable for containing, transporting, preserving, cooking or heating food has as its ultimate goal to minimize resource use, make processes more efficient and integrate end-of-life into a circular system. We bring to the young students the example that you can be visionary and be successful, that every decision must take into account the impact it will have in the future, that commitment must always be long-term, and that results always come from teamwork. People from the different business functions explain their tasks, the activities they perform, and their interactions with the rest of the company and its ecosystem.  We want to convey everyday life in the company: future-making every day.

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    BIOPAP® MAP nominated for the CFIA 2023 Innovation Award

    The nomination of BIOPAP® MAP patented trays for modified atmosphere packaging to the CFIA 2023 innovation trophy is a further confirmation of BIOPAP®’s capacity for innovation and of our structured presence in France.

    We are proud and happy about this result among more than 100 innovations with a resounding echo in all specialized media.

    As part of our ongoing R&D, we have developed a new material and manufacturing technology to achieve large-scale production of the first recyclable and EN 13432 compostable paper-based food tray suitable for sealing and preservation of food in  modified atmosphere.

    BIOPAP® MAP was chosen as a finalist by the prestigious CFIA Jury in the « Packaging Section », for the innovation that it brings to the food industry in terms of technical, environmental and sanitary performance.

    With BIOPAP® MAP trays we offer to the ready meals sector many advantages such as ease of use for consumers who can use them from the refrigerator to the microwave and traditional oven up to 145°C. An ideal container to heat the food and consume it in the tray without using a plate and then having to wash it, thus wasting water and time. Moreover, the very high oxygen barrier guarantees long shelf life and reduces food waste, one of the main ways to fight against climate change. BIOPAP® MAP, a powerful impact in terms of touch and visual naturalness, thanks to the possibility of external printing that brings the quality and brand of fresh food preparations to the consumers’ table, avoiding over-packaging.

    With BIOPAP® MAP, the leading players in the food industry now have the possibility of having in their hands a decisive and essential element to enhance the value of their products and to participate with commitment in the transition towards more natural, healthy and truly eco-responsible renewable packaging.

    Michelangelo Anderlini – Biopap® President and Co-founder
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    Stop wasting bio-waste, turn it into compost: a virtuous circular resource benefiting agriculture and the natural cycle.

    Too often we forget food is essential to life and that food is grown on soil. Direct Human activities together with Climate Change are affecting significantly soil’s health. However good and healthy soils are vital to cope with raising population, and growing food needs but also in carbon sequestration and storage so as to water depuration. Therefore, soil quality and health are central to fighting against climate change, ensuring biodiversity and food security.

    95% of food on our planet is produced by the thin upper layer of soil. Human activity is causing daily soil degradation through loss of organic carbon and contamination at an alarming pace, especially when we think it takes from 100 to 1000 years to create 1 cm of fertile soil from rock. According to FAO, by 2050 soil erosion will have removed 75 billion tons of soil putting at risk 10% of crops, not to mention that soil is the second largest Carbon storage on the planet next to oceans. It is not just a matter of quantity but of quality. The quality and fertility of soil are measured by the quantity of organic substances in it. Organic substances are the residues of plants, animals, and microorganisms at different levels of decomposition. In Europe already 25% of soils are below the minimum threshold level of fertility due to the intensive use of chemical fertilizers. Losing organic carbon content in soils means not only reducing their naturally nourishing properties but also reducing their fertility. In addition to the loss of organic carbon, soils are also showing growing contamination from pollutants all generated by human activity such as chemicals (pesticides, Nitrogen..) and plastics. It has been calculated that the amount of dispersed plastics in soils is even higher than the one in the oceans. These contaminants are responsible for 20% of agricultural global yield reduction. In the EU commission “Study on sustainable agriculture and soil’s preservation”, less organic carbon in soils means less food, less biodiversity, less water filtration capabilities, less water retention, and therefore also faster erosion: A vicious circle we can and must stop.

    The good news is in 2023 urban organic waste separate collection has become compulsory in the EU (EU Directive 2018/851). This needs to be taken as an enormous opportunity to turn waste into a local, circular resource, becoming a key factor to fight against climate change through soil improvement.

    Bio-waste, including compostable certified food packaging, mainly comes from households, restaurants, and caterers and is collected in urban areas. This waste can be treated locally, in peri-urban sites, and made available to local agriculture saving transport and CO2 emissions. Replacing chemical fertilizers with compost improves soils with essential natural organic carbon that is key to fertility and carbon storage. Moreover, compost remains rich in moisture and natural microorganisms that help soils retain more water and give higher filtering capabilities when it flows through. A moist soil also reduces its erosion. These are essential additional factors to fight against climate change when lower rainfalls are expected in future years. In addition, there is also a cost advantage for the community. Non-renewable fertilizers are particularly expensive nowadays as they come from fossil-based methane. Replacing them with Compost is an economic advantage for farmers helping them to reduce cost inflation to the whole food value chain.

    It is nonsense to send this precious bio-waste to incineration or landfilling just because waste management companies/systems are not yet ready for composting. Organic waste consists of water at a minimum level of 75%. It is an energetic paradox to incinerate this waste. CO2-emitting fuel would be spent to simply turn water into water vapor for over 75% of its weight! It would also be a waste, to landfill Bio-waste preventing it from bringing all the described benefits to agriculture.

    Italy is an inspiring positive showcase. It is the leading country in volume and experience in Europe to best use this valuable resource and turn Bio-waste into compost. In 2020, organic waste was accounting for over 40% in weight of the total urban waste separate collection. Figures for the next years will grow even further as, starting from 2022, all Municipalities across Italy have organized separate organic waste collection. The collection of EN 13432 compostable-certified food packaging with organic waste has been in place for years and brings value to the process by adding dry compostable content and additional renewable organic carbon. By collecting separately and turning bio-waste into compost, a virtuous circular system has been established. In 2020, 4,6 Mio T of urban organic waste have been collected and treated to produce 2,2 Mio T of Compost which has led to storing 375.000 T of organic carbon in farming lands though saving 4,3 Mio T CO2 equivalent per year compared to landfilling. Compost has been made available at 70% to local farming activities, and to Organic farming, closing the circular loop. This positive system has proven to be economically viable and competitive both from the economic and environmental points of view. There are 358 composting treatment sites in Italy of which 294 are direct composting sites, and 65 sites are integrated Anaerobic-Aerobic. In addition to direct aerobic composting plants, organic waste can also be treated in anaerobic digestors to produce Bio-Methane and C02 that can be separated into industrial gases. The residue of Anaerobic digestion then goes to aerobic composting mixed with wood waste and turned to compost. 312 Mio m3 of Biogas have been produced in 2020 equivalent to an electric power generation of 664.000 GWh and a production of 100 Mio m3 of Biomethane.

    We must stop wasting bio-waste bringing them to landfilling or incineration. Europe and North America must further accelerate in promoting separated bio-waste collection and its biological recycling to compost: a simple, low cost and effective system to turn waste into a local, circular resource that significantly helps in the fight against climate change, improves soils, preserves food quality&safety and farmer economics.

    At BIOPAP® we started with renewable raw materials and a clear end-of life project over 20 years ago having the whole range certified CIC compostable, back in 2009 with the license N°3 in Italy. We have designed and developed a unique range of high-performance convenience food packaging, fully compostable with food and kitchen waste to be biologically recycled and turned into Biogas and Compost.