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Nomacorc Green Line

WHAT'S THE NOMACORC GREEN LINE AND PLANTCORC ™ TECHNOLOGY?

The manufacture of the products of the Nomacorc Green Line is based on our PlantCorc ™ technology: Reserva, Select Green, Classic Green and Smart Green.

Using PlantCorc ™ technology, all products in the Nomacorc Green Line are made from sustainable, renewable raw materials based on sugar cane produced.

WHAT MAKES PLANTCORC ™ TECHNOLOGY SO UNIQUE?

Vinventions has developed one of the best closure solutions for sustainable wineries. With the PlantCorc ™ technology Nomacorc provides an environmentally friendly closure, superior performance and improved oxygen management. The outstanding properties include:

As defined by the European Bioplastics Association, will Plastics from renewable sources and / or biodegradable plastics classified as biopolymers (or bioplastics). The raw material used for the Nomacorc Green Line is made from sugar cane ethanol and is a biopolymer, but it is not biodegradable.

More information is available atwww.european-bioplastics.org

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIOPOLYMERS AND TRADITIONAL POLYETHYLENE?

Polyethylene is made in the conventional way from fossil raw materials such as oil or natural gas and is found in many everyday products, including food packaging, cosmetics, beverages and bags.

Be for the Nomacorc Green Line Biopolymers from renewable raw material used:Ethanol made from Brazilian sugar cane. In terms of application, performance and especially recycling, this material has the same properties as petrochemical polyethylene.

WHERE ARE THE RAW MATERIALS OBTAINED?

Braskem, our supplier forbio-based raw materials, 100% of its raw materials are sourced from Brazilian suppliers who do not burn crop residues during the sugar cane harvest.This in turn means that 100% of the raw materials used in Nomacorc Green Line's production are also covered by this guarantee. The sugar cane plants are also sustainably sourced and grown in an environmentally friendly manner. Great emphasis is placed on maintaining biological diversity. Furthermore, Braskem suppliers must undergo an external audit by a recognized independent auditor to ensure that the suppliers meet these and other important requirements.

Further information can be found on the Braskem website:www.braskem.com.br

HOW ARE CAPS MADE FROM SUGAR CANE?

Traditional petroleum-based plastic material has been used in the past to manufacture Nomacorc closures. The oil is extracted from the ground and converted into ethylene. This is polymerized into polyethylene, which was the main component of the first generation of Nomacorc closures. This is a very common process for the production of plastics, whereby Classic + is a CO2- Output of approx. 12 g per cap. In PlantCorc ™ technology, sugar cane is the raw material that is distilled to bioethanol and then converted to bioethylene. This bioethylene can be polymerized to bio-polyethylene. Polymerization is the same process as that for the petroleum-based material, and the bio-polyethylene can be used to make all PlantCorc ™ closures. The sugar cane removes the CO from the environment2resulting in a very low, nonexistent, or negative CO2-Footprint results depending on how much bio-polyethylene is used in our products.

IS THE SUGAR CANE AN ​​ORGANIC PRODUCT? WHERE IS IT GROWN?

No, the sugar cane plantations are not biological. About 90% of the sugar cane plantations responsible for Brazilian ethanol production are located in south-central Brazil, more than 2,500 km from the Amazon region away. The extent of the areas where sugar cane is grown is regulated by the Sugarcane Agroecological Zoning. Braskem does not own any sugar cane plantations.

Further information can be found on the Braskem website:www.braskem.com.br

ARE THERE PESTICIDE RESIDUES IN THE CAPS?

Most diseases that are harmful to plants are treated with biological agents. As a result, pesticides are little used on Brazilian sugar cane plantations, and fungicides are next to none. In addition, the bio-polyethylene does not contain any pesticide residues due to the polymerization process described above.

HOW CAN I PROVE THAT BIO-BASED MATERIAL IS USED FOR THE NOMACORC GREEN LINE AND THAT IT HAS A LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT?

The products of the Nomacorc Green Line have been tested and certified for their bio-based ingredients by an external laboratory. This was dated TÜV Austria carried out, which is able to measure the proportion of bio-based ingredients in the closure.
Proof that our products are made from biogenic carbon is very easy to provide, with an analysis of the carbon-14 content in our closures (carbon dating) and certification by TÜV Austria.

A study was carried out for Select Green with the help of an external consultant Life cycle assessment (Life Cycle Assessment) carried out, with which the climate neutrality could be proven. The abstract of this study is available on request.

ARE VEGETABLE BIOPOLYMERS GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS? DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO A REDUCTION IN THE AMOUNT OF SUGAR ELSE AVAILABLE FOR NUTRITION?

No, genetically modified sugar cane is not sold in Brazil. This material is obtained from normal sugar cane plants in Brazil and does not affect the price or availability of Brazilian sugar. The arable land in Brazil currently totals 330 million hectares, of which only 1.4% is used for ethanol production. In addition, sugar cane is grown specifically on the soils that are too depleted for the cultivation of other food crops. The cultivation of sugar cane and the plowing in of the debris help the soil to recover. The sugar cane growers move from acreage to acreage so that the depleted arable land can recover.

ARE CLOSURES OF THE NOMACORC GREEN LINE BIODEGRADABLE OR COMPOSTABLE?

No, they are neither biodegradable nor compostable. They are recyclable (similar to petrochemical products) and can even be easily recycled using the currently established processes. Since the raw material is not biodegradable, the CO retained during the sugar cane processing process (from growth to processing) remains2 included for the duration of the plastic's entire life cycle.

Please dispose of the closures of the Nomacorc Green Line via the local disposal system for plastics (yellow sack), whereby they are sent to the plastics recycling process.

WHY ARE THE RESERVA AND SELECT GREEN CLOSURES CLIMATE-NEUTRAL?

These biopolymers are obtained from sugar cane, which grows through the uptake of CO2 is ensured from the atmosphere. The carbon bound from the atmosphere is passed on to the resulting biopolymers, making them climate-neutral. As part of the Nomacorc product formulation, they offset all positive emissions from other raw materials and transport. Since these biopolymers make up the main component in our product formulation, we can even compensate for the transport of our closures to our customers. In other words: the closures leave the factory with a negative CO2-Footprint, but arrive climate-neutral with our customers. This is what is meant by “climate neutrality for the entire production and sales cycle”.

WHAT PROPORTIONS ARE RESERVA, SELECT GREEN, CLASSIC GREEN AND SMART GREEN BIO-BASED?

All Nomacorc Green Line closures are assigned category 3 (= 3 stars) for their bio-based assessment. This means that the product has a bio-based carbon content of 60% to 80%. The exact number depends on the recipe differences between the products, but also on manufacturing tolerances such as tightness, length and diameter.

WHAT APPEARANCE DOES SELECT GREEN HAVE?

The appearance of synthetic closures does not go down well with some wineries. They fear that only a natural-looking cork will be accepted by their customers, especially for premium wines.The appearance of Select Green takes this into account, with a Nomacorc closure, which looks confusingly similar to a natural cork. This also includes the characteristic wood grain of the natural cork, the high-quality processing with relief embossing as well as the soft surface and feel of closures made of natural cork bark.

WHY IS SELECT GREEN SO IMPORTANT FOR SUSTAINABLE WINERIES?

Spoilage due to wine defects caused by the closure, such as the taste of the cork, leads to increased consumption of carbon emissions and thus to poor sustainability.Select Green is tasteless and offers various degrees of oxygen penetration, with which the risk of reduction or oxidation during ripening can be reduced to a minimum. Taking into account the CO2-Footprint of the closure, the susceptibility to wine spoilage and the environmental pollution caused by disposal, Select Green is the perfect solution that meets these three important criteria over the life of a closure.

WHY IS SELECT GREEN SO IMPORTANT FOR LOW SULFITE WINES?

Organic or biodynamic wines usually contain little or no sulfites. They are very susceptible to poor oxygen management, which can lead to wine spoilage (either through reduction or premature wine oxidation). Since the wines are very sensitive to the effects of oxygen, the winemakers must be able to ensure consistent control of the entry of oxygen into the bottle.Select Green offers excellent performance, both in terms of consistent oxygen entry and the respective oxygen content that must be available to the wine.

HOW MANY OXYGEN LEVELS ARE OFFERED WITH SELECT GREEN?

With Select Green are three different closures available: 100, 300 and 500. The oxygen ingress performance enables customers to quickly switch to Select Green if the environmental benefits are important to them. To achieve optimal filling conditions, Vinventions offers further support with the NomaSense® analyzer. This unique combination of services and closure solutions ensures the perfect solution for sustainable wines.