The term "biodegradable" has been used over the past few years, to describe plastics or packaging that could potentially be metabolized by microorganisms in nature, with complete breakdown to CO2/Methane, water and biomass. However, there is significant confusion and controversy surrounding biodegradable plastics since many suppliers have used the term to loosely describe their material/packaging without specifying the conditions under which the material would degrade in nature. For instance, some plastics (like PLA) will only degrade under industrial composting conditions, while some others (like PHA) can break down under a wider range of conditions and environments (industrial, backyard, marine). Given this widespread confusion and the misuse of the "biodegradable" term, many global government and industry organizations have issued guidelines to restrict or eliminate the unqualified use of biodegradable as a descriptor of plastics or packaging. These include the European Commission guidelines (European Plastics Strategy) and the Federal Trade Commission Green Guides in the US.
In line with such guidelines, Ubuntoo's recommends that companies providing biodegradable materials, products or packaging:
1.Avoid unqualified use of the term "biodegradable" to describe their products
2.Any claim of biodegradability should be accompanied by a description of specific conditions and environments under which the material or product will undergo degradation in nature
3.It is strongly recommended that companies provide globally accepted certifications or testing for various biodegradability claims (such as the BPA certification for industrial composting)
Further in line with the position articulated by the European Commission as well as major CPG companies, Ubuntoo recommends that "biodegradable" plastics should not be considered a solution for littering (or worse a license to litter). Appropriate collection and end-of-life solutions (such as industrial composting or home composting) need to be put into place to avoid biodegradable plastics ending up as litter in the environment.
Thank you for your interest in Ubuntoo. We’re excited that you’re here! To continue, you’ll need an account with us.
3Epak is a proprietary technology that provides an eco-friendly packaging alternative suitable for non carbonated beverages.
As the global waste cycle becomes overwhelmed by plastic bottles, aseptic cartons and standalone pouches, the patented 3EpakTM bottle offers an immediate viable solution for beverage packaging.
The 3Epak™ container is an inexpensive and eco-friendly alternative to plastic bottles and aseptic beverage containers (such as the ones commonly sold under the Tetra Pak brand). 3Epak™ is a packaging solution for non-carbonated drinks, suitable for any volume from 7.8 fl.oz (~230ml) up to 20 fl.oz. (~600ml).
3Epak™ is 100% recyclable by standard recycling facilities around the World. Approximately 71% of 3Epak™ components are bio-degradable and compostable under natural conditions, while standard aseptic packages are not. 3Epak™ has up to 70% less plastic than, same volume PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles. 3Epack is assembled from a paper body and only 5.5 grams of easily separable and 100% recyclable plastic components. Alternative cornstarch straws and lids are available, reducing the plastic need to only 3 g.
3Epak™ is a beverage container consisting of a rigid, collapsible, octagonal body made from cardboard; containing a flexible bag formed from a plastic folio; capped with a specially designed lid; closed at the bottom with a corrugated paper base; and wrapped with protective folio. An extendable drinking straw is attached to the outside of the container to be used for consumption of the content.
3Epack Group currently seeks to establish partnerships and offers licensing agreements worldwide, to bring this eco-friendly paper bottle technology to the forefront of global beverage packaging industry. Private equity opportunities are available.