It’s time for biodegradable seed coatings

Time is up for non-biodegradable seed coatings!

Microplastic particle regulation is on the horizon… 

Unlike many other competitor seed coatings, Amulix® is a circular product that decomposes into water and carbon dioxide molecules, which are then used by plants to perform photosynthesis. In this way, Amulix® leaves no trace, and contributes to a circular economic consumption system that does not deplete our planet’s natural resources. More than ever, this kind of circular solution is needed to drive the sustainability of agricultural practices. 

Changing regulatory landscape

On January 30, 2019, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) announced its initial proposals to restrict the use of oxo-plastics and intentionally added microplastic particles in consumer-or professional-use products of any kind. Above all, ECHA underlined not only that microplastic particles pose a serious risk to the environment and human health, but that there is a pressing need to develop sustainable solutions that mitigate this issue.

Small particles, big issue

The current widespread use of oil-based synthetic coatings with limited biodegradability on seeds and agricultural starter material contributes strongly to microplastic pollution. Applied to Plant Protection Products to improve sow ability and seed visibility in the soil, these non-biodegradable seed coatings can make their way into our food systems through both terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Finding a better alternative

There is another way, though. Our high-performing, bio-based Amulix® seed coatings outperform traditional coating solutions in operational performance and at the same time offer a viable solution to the issue of seed coating microplastic pollution. Made from starch-based waste material, Amulix® has a reduced environmental and health impact compared with coatings made from oil-based polymer materials, which remain in the environment as microplastics.

Looking ahead with purpose 

Moving forward, we expect to see growing consumer awareness around microplastic pollution. At the same time, regulatory authorities are now starting to make concrete proposals to limit the amount of microplastic particles entering our environmental systems. As such, it seems only a matter of time before synthetic, oil-based seed coatings for agricultural starter material are a thing of the past. Thankfully, with our Amulix® biodegradable and bio-based seed coatings, a more sustainable future is within reach – so watch this space!

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