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.
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H. Barber & Sons, Inc. is a family owned and operated corporation, principally located in Naugatuck, Connecticut, USA. The company is a world leader in beach cleaning equipment for more than 45 years. Barber beach cleaners easily remove unwanted seaweed, cigarettes, glass, shells, coral, stones, rocks, sticks, and man-made debris from wet and dry sand with ease.
Barber offers three models of SURF RAKE beach cleaners and two smaller sand-sifting units, the SAND MAN 850 and TT. The Barber SURF RAKEs are the highest quality, most efficient beach maintenance machinery available. Backing up this claim is the fact that Barber has sold more beach cleaners around the world than any other brand. Barber equipment is being used on six continents and in over 90 countries. The SURF RAKE's ability to clean a variety of beach conditions and its reputation of quality and dependability has earned H. Barber & Sons the distinction of being the leader in beach grooming technology and the largest manufacturer of beach cleaners in the world. Similarly, the SAND MAN line provides an excellent option to clean smaller sandy areas that may not require the SURF RAKE'S size and cleaning capacity.
In addition to beach cleaners, they also manufacture stone pickers and litter collection machines. Barber stone pickers level the work area and remove rocks, sticks, stones, and other debris in one pass. A variety of models with multiple soil grooming applications, including stone removal, seed bed preparation, de-thatching, ball field cleaning, and horse arena purification are available. Barber litter collection machines are for both paved surfaces and grass areas. Truck towed and tractor towed models for all applications; such as, highway shoulder cleanup (retreads, mufflers, etc.), highway median cleaning, parking lot maintenance, sports field cleaning, and de-thatching.