Ahlstrom receives Biodegradable Products Institute compostability certification for its biodegradable, renewable fiber-based Genuine Vegetable Parchment portfolio for food applications; products now have BPI, TUV Home and Industrial compost certifications

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October 2, 2023 (press release) –


Ahlstrom receives compostability certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute® (BPI) for its biodegradable and renewable fiber-based Genuine Vegetable Parchment (GVP) portfolio for food applications. Now in possession of both the BPI® certification and the company's existing TÜV Home and Industrial compost certification, Ahlstrom’s GVP products offer multiple functional and sustainability attributes in a single technology.

These accreditations facilitate the possibility for Ahlstrom’s customers, whether converters or brand owners, to achieve their own sustainability goals.

By using a scientific process, the Biodegradable Products Institute® (BPI) officially certifies compostable products that meet ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868 standards for compostability. BPI Certification proves that a material will compost in a commercial composting facility, leaving behind no toxic residue or microplastics.

“Parchment is truly a unique technology in which we manage to transform cellulose into a functional material without adding chemicals,” says Mark Ushpol, Executive Vice President of Ahlstrom’s Food & Consumer Packaging Division.

“Our expertise and unique manufacturing capabilities enable us to create value through sustainability for our customers,” Mark Ushpol further explains. “By achieving BPI compostability with our market-leading Genuine Vegetable Parchment technology, we offer a full portfolio of sustainable and compostability certified best-in-class products.”

Genuine Vegetable Parchment (GVP) products for food applications not only meet strict guidelines for food contact and compostability either in an industrial or home setting, but also provide a wide array of functional attributes that are key for food applications like absolute grease-resistance with no PFAS, outstanding release, water resistance, high heat resistance, and more.

For further questions, please contact:

Véronique van Zyl, Global Marketing Communication Manager, Food & Consumer Packaging, specialties@ahlstrom.com




Ahlstrom in brief
Ahlstrom is a global leader in combining fibers into sustainable specialty materials. Our purpose is to Purify and Protect, with Every Fiber, for a Sustainable World. Our vision is to be the Preferred Sustainable Specialty Materials Company for all our stakeholders. We serve five growing and distinctive end markets, which form the basis for our five divisions: Filtration, Food & Consumer Packaging, Healthcare, Building Materials, and Technical Materials. Our net sales in 2022 for continuing operations amounted to EUR 3.3 billion and we employ some 7,000 people. Read more at www.ahlstrom.com



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