Compostable Packaging & Materials — Ubuntoo's Community GreenHouse
As the backlash against the spread of plastic pollution grows, more and more companies are looking to compostable packaging as an alternative. As a result, a plethora of innovators have launched materials, packaging, and other single-use items that claim to be compostable. However, not all of these claims hold up to deeper scrutiny, and very often the composting infrastructure to support these packages is lacking. We see opportunities in this space, but at the same advise caution to our community.
Ubuntoo conducted extensive research to understand the landscape of compostable packaging, its pros, cons, potential, and pitfalls. We have captured our learning in the free to access Compostable Packaging & Materials GreenHouse where we track trends about this subject and have started building a community of interest which includes experts, academics, innovators, and professionals in the field.
You can also upgrade your membership to access some of our premium content on compostability in the GreenHouse, like Ubuntoo's Composting and Compostable Packaging White Paper.
In this issue of your Ubuntoo digest, we provide a preview of some of the innovative solutions and newsmakers that will be available in the Compostable Packaging & Materials GreenHouse.
PIP360 Packaging Innovation Pathway
The PAC Packaging Consortium announced the launch of the Packaging Innovation Pathway to Circularity (PIP360) Benchmarking tool to support industry needs. PIP360 leverages expert technical knowledge to provide a rigorous method of benchmarking ALL packaged products sold into the Canadian market (future versions will include other geographies, e.g., USA, EU, etc.). The tool calculates a baseline circularity score for reusable, recyclable, or compostable packages, and identifies pathways to improve the score. To learn more about this exciting initiative PAC is offering two information webinars on Feb 10 and March 03, 2021. Register HERE.
Biodegradable and compostable plastics to help nature deal with plastic pollution.
Biodegradable and compostable packagings for the food industry.
Compostable packaging material from leftover sheep wool.
Exploring microbial cellulose potential and applications in packaging.
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The material is made with Mater-Bi, a bio-based plastic developed by five Italian companies with a scientific contribution from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. The new packaging also includes paper from sustainable forestry certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Made with a certified compostable resin plus a tackifier additive, Cortec's Eco Wrap can be used on most standard automated stretch-wrap equipment.
Trebodur is a petrochemical-free, 100% natural, 100% biodegradable, packaging material made of brewery waste. It can substitute paper or plastic packaging. And no matter where it ends up at the end of its lifecycle, it’ll safely compost, leaving nothing behind.
There is no clear formula for what kinds of packaging should be compostable. To help decide whether to use compostable packaging for your product or not, ask yourself these five questions.
Composting and Compostable Packaging - Ubuntoo White Paper
Compostable packaging currently only adds value for composters in situations where it can help divert increased amounts of food waste. Though there are some benefits of compostable packaging, there are several challenges that need to be overcome. Ubuntoo has compiled it's extensive research on compostable packaging into a white paper available exclusively to our premium members who access the GreenHouse.
Please click HERE for a free abstract. Premium members can read the full report on the context, best practices, and challenges associated with compostable packaging HERE. Not a premium member? Upgrade today!
“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.” – Pete Seeger