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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Be Green Packaging is a pioneer and leading global manufacturer of specialty molded fiber packaging for foodservice, a wide range of consumer packaged goods (consumer electronics, health & beauty, etc.) and ecommerce applications. They specialize in the design, manufacture and distribution of compostable packaging solutions.
The company was founded with the specific intent to provide compostable packaging that is safe for people and beneficial for the planet.
Based in South Carolina, they have grown exponentially since their beginning in 2007. This expansion includes a China based branch so that the company can deal with international queries and orders.
Fibers used in their products are natural, renewable and certified by Cradle to Cradle, BPI, Non GMO project, USDA BioPreferred Program and Western Michigan Recycling. This makes them a certified renewable source for packaging. They are completely compostable therefore provide health and safety for its users and the Planet.
With branches in China and Carolina, their manufacturing process takes place under close scrutiny for sustainable practices and quality products. The company themselves uses natural fibers (such as bamboo, bamboo, bulrush, and sugar cane) made into a pulp, then put into molds that create the compostable packaging. Products can be customized easily to suit business needs, and their excellent customer support team can help you through the process.