The OK-biobased certificate from TÜV Austria

Certified biobased!

Our "OK biobased" seal from TÜV Austria

Alternatives to fossil raw materials support sustainable development. That is why we have developed our biobased material "Ben" made of renewable resources. These kind of materials are tested by the renowned TÜV Austria and certified with the OK biobased seal. To let your customers know how eco-friendly and innovative your packaging is, you can easily print the seal on your biobased Packiro packaging.

  • Decision support for your customers

  • Transparent & credible communication

  • Visible commitment without extra effort

What does biobased mean?

Biobased vs. biodegradable


Where do the materials come from?

  • Materials come from renewable raw materials such as cane sugar, starch & co.

  • The use of fossil raw materials is reduced

  • Additional CO2 emissions are reduced


What happens to materials after they are used?

  • Materials decompose through biological mechanisms

  • After decomposition, water, biomass, minerals and carbon dioxide are left behind

  • Industrially compostable is a special case of biodegradable and means that the materials decompose after 4-5 weeks at 65°C or after 12 weeks at 45°C

What does TÜV Austria do?

TÜV Austria is an independent, leading and international testing and certification company. The testing procedures offered ensure transparency and help consumers to make truly sustainable and responsible purchasing decisions.
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OK biobased seal from TÜV Austria

What does the seal say?

In order to determine the exact bio-based content of a plastic, TÜV Austria measures the C14 activity of the raw materials. And this is how it works: 

Young carbon (0-10 years) from renewable raw materials (e.g. from plants), has a C14 activity of about 100 %. Old carbon from fossil raw materials (millions of years), on the other hand, has a C14 activity of about 0 %. So if a package has a C14 activity of 80 %, it means that it consists of 80 % renewable carbon and 20 % fossil carbon.

Our Ben bears the OK biobased seal!

We had the biobased share of our plant-based packaging hero Ben tested by TÜV Austria. The result: The biobased portion of Ben is in the second highest star category (3 out of 4) and is allowed to carry the recognised OK biobased seal!
Bio-based brown packaging with certification
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How do you benefit from the seal?

According to recent studies, almost every second consumer is unable to verify sustainability promises made by companies. We want to change that! By using the recognised OK biobased seal from TÜV Austria, you can make your commitment more comprehensible to customers and strengthen your image - easily and without extra effort.

That's how easy you can print the logo on your pouch

FAQ on the OK biobased seal and biobased packaging

Biomass is used for the production. This can be obtained from agriculture and forestry as well as from residual and waste materials. Examples are starch- and cellulose-rich plants such as corn or sugar cane, but sometimes also oilseeds or wood.
Bio-based plastic reduces additional CO2 emissions compared to conventional plastic made from petroleum. The reason for this is that millions of years of CO2 are bound in this petroleum. When the plastic is burnt after its useful life, the CO2 bound in the petroleum is additionally released into the atmosphere.
In contrast, starch from plants is used to produce bio-based plastic. Plants need CO2 for their growth, which they absorb from the atmosphere. When the plastic is burnt, only as much CO2 is released as was previously absorbed by the plant. This creates a kind of CO2 cycle.
In this way, our material Ben made of paper and bioplastics also contributes to reducing additional CO2 emissions.
For only 0.02 €/unit you can print the OK biobased seal on your packaging.