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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Italy-based packaging company Botta Packaging manufactures custom packaging solutions from corrugated cardboard, achieving versatility and high quality. Among its products is the Eco-Sleeve, an elastic packaging solution for bottles, made from corrugated cardboard.
The Eco-Sleeve is ideal for use for a variety of different bottles, ceramics, glasses and other fragile items, with the corrugated material being flexible and adaptable for maximum coverage. The material is aimed at being a custom-fit for the product to be packaged, making it a more durable and sustainable alternative to the traditionally used plastic.
The product comes with a number of benefits like:
100% Paper Composition
Eco-Sleeve is also available in custom sizes and colours upon request. Botta Packaging ensures that the packaging can be applied to other industries to safely pack jewellery boxes, fashion products and metal objects as well.
Botta Packaging, established in 1947, has been producing novel packaging solutions for over 70 years. The company is ISO 9001:2000 certified.
Lara was the winner of the Best Female Lead at the 2019 GGI Awards. She was selected as one of the Sustainable Packaging Experts in 2019 by COMIECO. She is the Founder and CEO of Instapack.me and is the Vice President of Botta Packaging.