Saving time, reducing costs, and
making a genuine contribution to helping the environment.
This is the mission of Novamont, who have developed
a line of products especially for the world of agriculture,
starting with Mater-Agro, the entirely biodegradable
film for mulching.
Mater-Agro is a new film for mulching that is 100% biodegradable;
it is made of Mater-Bi, the revolutionary bioplastic
produced by Novamont, a world leader in the research
and manufacture of new plastic materials from renewable
raw materials of agricultural origin, and from
non-genetically modified starch.
Films for agricultural mulching have become established
over the years because they provide a series of advantages
of an agronomic and environmental nature, namely: they
eliminate or reduce substantially the use of herbicides;
they reduce the frequency of use and quantity of water
for irrigation, with considerable savings in terms of
cost; they speed up the cultivation cycle of the crop
species, thanks to a greater heating of the ground.
However, traditional films for mulching also present
significant problems caused by their removal and disposal
These activities generate additional costs, and can
have significant environmental consequences. The procedures
most commonly followed for handling mulching films at
the end of their use in the field are: manual or mechanical
removal, followed by the recovery of material or of
energy; uncontrolled burning of the film residues in
the field (a practice that is expressly forbidden by
Italian and Community law); and finally, the working
of the land without removing the film.