Bio-based packaging

Project presented 

Carbiolice produces and sells plant-based plastic granules made from decommissioned corn starch. 

The start-up 

Carbiolice is a joint venture between Carbios, a green chemistry company; Limagrain, a group specialising in seeds and cereal products, and the BPI. Founded in September 2016, it is headed by Nadia Auclair (General Manager) and Jean-Claude Lumaret (Chairman) and employs 19 people. Its head office is in Riom, Auvergne. 

The company is the winner of the Clermont Ferrand Innovation Awards 2018, and was invited to present its technology at the annual conference of European Bioplastics held in Berlin in December 2018. 

• Production of a 100% biodegradable and compostable plastic material certified OK Compost and OK Compost Home. 

• Use of decommissioned corn starch, a widely available raw material sourced from local industrial waste. 

• Additive accelerating the degradation of PLA (currently degradable only in industrial conditions) to make it suitable for home composting.