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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BioPac is the UK’s leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of eco-friendly food packaging and catering disposables.
Established in 2002, the company has undergone extensive research and through a lot of expansion, continues to grow and offer new products today. BioPac works towards finding materials that are alternatives to oil-based and other non-renewable resources to create sustainable products. They use PLA that comes from renewable sources like corn and can be composted usually under 12 weeks. This can reduce your businesses carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Products vary from tableware, disposable food packaging, bags, work clothing and many more.
BioPac has also created a completely separate consultancy, Biopac Technology, which supports sustainability programmes for fast food retailers, fresh produce manufacturers, outdoor events and retailers. Our solution is to use biodegradable disposables and packaging items that decompose naturally with no harmful effects on the environment. They run many green marketing campaigns such as "Eco Champions" on their page to get people more informed about sustainability.
On February 8, 2018, Duni acquired 75% shares in Kindtoo Ltd., trading as Biopac UK Ltd., from entrepreneurs Mark Brigden and Eric Graham.