US-based packaging company Novolex has confirmed that several products sold under its Duro brand have secured the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certification.

Products receiving the BPI certification include the brand’s Dubl Life line of paper bags and sacks.

Made entirely from recycled materials, Dubl Life products are claimed to contain a minimum of 60% post-consumer recycled paper.

Novolex said these products are among the first on the market to receive this certification, increasing the company’s portfolio of certified compostable products.

In addition, Dubl Life bags will also feature the How2Compost and How2Recycle labels.

Managed by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC ), the How2Compost and How2Recycle labelling systems are designed to help consumers in disposing of used packaging.

For products to feature the How2Compost label, BPI must test them to ensure that the packaging can be processed in a commercial composting facility.

Novolex chief technology officer Adrianne Tipton said: “At Novolex, our goal is to minimise the environmental footprint of packaging and maximise our production of sustainable products.

“Earning these important certifications again demonstrates our support of the circular economy and reaffirms our corporate commitment to sustainability.”

Novolex’s Duro brand supplies paper bags and sacks to the grocery, retail, pharmacy and foodservice industries among others in North America.

Dubl Life bags and sacks previously received the Forest Stewardship Council ‘s (FSC) Chain of Command certification, which helps consumers understand which products come from responsibly managed sources.

Based in South Carolina, Novolex supplies diverse packaging products for companies in the foodservice, delivery and carryout, food processor and industrial sectors.

The company operates 57 manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe and has more than 10,000 ’employee families’.

In August this year, Novolex launched tamper-evident paper bags for takeaway orders and home deliveries under its Duro brand.

The Load & Fold and Load & Seal shopping bags are designed to provide more secure transport and deliveries for restaurants and retailers.