Introductory text concerning the Internet tool
The Internet tool was developed as part of the project 'Options for the Use of Sustainable Biobased Plastics as Packaging Material for Food Products; Assistance in Decision Making Using an Internet Portal' funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, BMEL). Packaging and food manufacturers as well as scientific experts were involved in the development.
This Internet tool provides information on the five most important substance groups currently on the market. This information relates to the four criteria of ecology, society, safety & technology and quality that are recorded and evaluated based on sub-criteria such as land utilisation, life cycle assessments, social standards and migration. The evaluation is carried out with respect to the quantity (number) and type (interview, website, study, etc.) of the available information sources and the ability to make a reliable statement based on the quality of this information (positive evaluation/case-by-case evaluation/predominantly critical evaluation).
The evaluations for the substance groups can be compared to aid in decision making.
In addition to the rated information, a checklist is provided as a tool for decision making.
Extensive base data
Limited base data
very small/no base data
rated in a predominantly critical light
Caution, important details must be considered here