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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Bonded Logic recycles used denims and cloth fibers into a range of thermal insulation and sound absorption materials.
The company’s patented manufacturing process produces natural fiber-based materials in a variety of thicknesses and densities.
Its product UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation contains 80% recycled natural fibers from used denims and clothes. It contains no chemical irritants or volatile organic compounds. The material is produced with lower energy requirements than traditional insulation processes, according to the company.
It meets EnvironmentalSpecification 1350 Indoor Air Pollutant testing used for California PublicSchools. It also has Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
The material is certified as a Class-A Building Product and meets ASTM testing standards for fire and smoke ratings, fungi resistance and corrosiveness.
Echo Eliminator™ is a sound absorbent material produced from recycled cotton. It can be used in classrooms and gyms and is available in a range of colors. Its UltraLiner™ Sound Blanket is made from recycled denim and can be used in voice over rooms, home theatres and dorm rooms.
It produces a Natural Fiber Duct Liner from used denims that can be used in HVAC sheet metal ducts. Its Natural Fiber Appliance Insulation can be used in appliances for both thermal insulation and to absorb unwanted noise. Other applications of the company’s products include mattresses with superior flame resistance, FR Fiber for use in pads and Spa insulations.
The company’s products are available to be purchased online through Home Depot, and through distributors across the 48 contiguous states in the United States.
The firm is a member of Blue to Green.® denim drive, a call-to-action to donate denim. It also collects used denims and clothes from 175 collection bins located in Phoenix, Arizona.