Another milestone towards greater sustainability and reducing carbon footprint for Aspiag Service, the franchisee of the Despar brand for Triveneto, Emilia-Romagna, and Lombardy, with 255 direct stores and 306 affiliates that will provide their customers with 40 million compostable shoppers produced by Mater-Bi brand licensees of Novamont, a company of Versalis (Eni).
Made with 50% renewable raw materials, the bags, biodegradable and compostable in accordance with the international standard EN 13432, adhere to the circular logic of product lifecycle: once used, they can be recycled, according to the guidelines of local authorities, to collect the organic fraction of waste and transformed into compost, both through household composters and industrial composting plants.
Among the raw materials used to produce the Mater-Bi bag chosen by Aspiag Service is bio-butandiol, obtained directly from the fermentation of sugars through a proprietary technology, the first in the world, developed at the Bottrighe site in the province of Rovigo. Born from the conversion of a disused site, with an investment of over 100 million euros, and operational since October 2016, the Novamont plant has a production capacity of over 30,000 tonnes/year of bio-butandiol. The use of bio-butandiol has a carbon footprint lower by over 50% compared to traditional butandiol (obtained from fossil sources).
 The benefit was determined as the difference between the carbon footprint profile of 1,4 bio-BDO (ISO 14067:2018 certified) and the most indicative carbon footprint profile of fossil 1,4 BDO (in terms of technology employed) found in literature (specific sector databases and LCA studies).