Microplastic-free seed coatings
With the use of microplastics in seed treatment expected to be banned soon in Europe, and other regions of the world likely to follow, the need for microplastic-free seed treatments has never been greater. Helping customers get ahead of a major regulatory impact, we are expanding our line of microplastic-free seed coatings. Our new-generation seed solutions include products for both vegetables and field crops.
Agricultural activity accounts for about 10% of the total microplastic release. Although seed treatment accounts for only a small part of that, our industry can play an active part in reducing the environmental impact of microplastics.
Microplastics and seed coating products
A crucial component of many seed coating products is the binder. This is usually a polymer.and most polymers are considered to be microplastic containing. The binder is responsible for the safe and effective adherence of components of the coating. A quality binder keeps dust-off to a minimum and improves the coating’s abrasion resistance. It keeps all the ingredients where they should be – on the seed.
Most of Incotec’s products for vegetable seeds are microplastic free. In addition to this, we are working on the next generation microplastic-free product range which includes products for both vegetables and field crops. The first of these are already available.