May 2015, 26th - 'Success story: Biocovers® - new solution for green public procurement'

26/05/2015 00:00

Biobased, biodegradable and compostable nonwovens, such as the Biocovers® products, are opening new opportunities for green public procurement. When oil-based plastic coverings are widely used in the gardening and landscapinge sector, unfortunately sustainable infrastructure works is an area that still receives little attention. Natural alternatives, such as jute and coir coverings are not widely applied due to a range of undesirable characteristics: they are heavy, difficult to handle, visually unappealing and have a too short life-time.


Biocovers® offer a perfect substitute for these conventional mulch and barrier fleeces. The life span of these innovative products is proven to be at least 3-5 years. When conventional polypropylene needs to be disposed of and incinerated, the biopolymers used to produce Biocovers® are 100% biobased and can be composted at the end of the life cycle.


Biocovers® received the support of the EU Life+ program under the acronym “Renew4gpp”. The basic objective of this project is to enhance green public procurement by demonstrating the ecological advantages of Biocovers® to municipal authorities. In more than 20 cities all over Europe, pilot sites are installed to demonstrate the main functions of the revolutionary nonwovens weed control and erosion and fertility mat.

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