Biograde Limited was last week appointed as the exclusive supplier of biodegradable packaging to the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The US$1.2m contract was awarded by the Olympic organising committee (BOCOG) and will involve the supply of seven different bag formats.
The selection of biodegradable packaging is in line with the “Green Materials, Green Olympics” strategy declared by BOCOG, which committed to use environmentally friendly packaging materials at the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
BOCOG appointed the Beijing Advanced Material Development Centre to select the Olympic supplier from among global producers of biodegradable packaging derived from renewable sources.
Frank Glatz managing director of Biograde says the contract was won by the performance of the company’s resin, which meets the European compostability standard EN13432, and its effective supply capability through Biograde’s local manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China.
Glatz says, “The Biograde range of renewable hybrid resins and certified biodegradable resins also meet new Chinese packaging regulations enacted 1 June 2008 and our Nanjing manufacturing business is one of the few Chinese companies awarded with the China Environmental Label.”
The company continues that a key element of the Beijing Advanced Material Development Centre selection process was the plan to use the Olympic packaging supply project as a national case study to promote sustainable packaging materials across China.