Enzymatic Biodegradation
CARBIOS Active provides a complementary solution to recycling

Exploring new, environmentally-friendly approaches to manage the life cycle of plastic materials

Process overview

Our enzymatic biodegradation process makes PLA (Polylactic Acid)100 % compostable, even at room temperature.

This bioplastic is present in many short-lived packaging items used on a daily basis (coffee capsules, tea bags, packaging films, etc.). Until now, its limitation has been its compostability, which is only possible under industrial conditions and at certain temperatures.

With CARBIOS Active, an innovation developed by Carbiolice, a Carbios Group company, this constraint has been overcome. Plastic packaging made from PLA now joins bio-waste when it is collected and can easily be recovered through composting (industrial or domestic) or methanization. Our technology therefore provides a sustainable and environmentally-friendly end-of-life for these products, enabling them to enter a circular economy.

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How does it work?

The encapsulated enzyme, CARBIOS Active, is directly integrated into the manufacturing of flexible or rigid PLA packaging, without any changes to production lines. Our technology then remains inactive throughout the product’s useful life, without altering its mechanical properties. Only when collected with biowaste and under composting conditions (temperature, humidity, pH…), does the encapsulated enzyme become active, allowing the packaging to disintegrate completely and biodegrade for residue-free, non-toxic compost and a quality return to the soil.

CARBIOS Active is the first biological solution enabling PLA-rich films to be certified “OK compost Home” by Tüv Austria.


CARBIOS Active has the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label ! Our solution is part of the 1,000 solutions to change the world.




Carbiolice, a Carbios Group company, is labelled GreenTech Innovation by the French Ministry of Ecological Transition.

A recognition attesting to our innovative solution with strong growth potential and to its contribution to the acceleration of the ecological transition.

Development stage and outlooks

The bioplastics market, and PLA in particular, is one of great potential. Indeed, by 2027, global bioplastics production capacity is set to triple (European Bioplastics nova-Institute 2022). What’s more, regulations concerning the management of plastic waste are multiplying worldwide, with the aim of achieving zero waste. That’s why our eco-responsible, circular technology has its place in the plastic packaging market.

To date, a manufacturing line capable of addressing 50,000 tonnes of compostable PLA is already up and running. In addition, multiple professional qualifications have been undertaken with major brands and plastics converters to help them implement our technology. In the same vein, our teams specialize in business development and product development to meet the different needs of our customers.


CARBIOS Active is BPI Certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), North America’s leading authority on compostable products and packaging.