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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ECOPIXEL is an Italian company of design and production that has developed a new method for recycling plastics.
The material developed by the company is made from ‘raw’ plastic waste and as the initial pigments don't mix, ECOPIXEL results in a distinctive pixelated appearance. It aims to use materials that continue to be part of the recycling loop.
Withstanding temperatures from -10°C up to +50°C makes ECOPIXEL suitable for both INDOOR and OUTDOOR environments. It is incredibly durable, yet soft to the touch and wonderfully tactile. ECOPIXEL has designed its own line of products and collaborates with special projects.
The material obtained is durable, both recycled and recyclable, creating this way a true cycle in material-use.
ECOPIXEL wants to promote the idea of NEVER mixing different plastic-waste-materials to keep the plastics clean and enable the potential reuse after each product-lifecycle.
Composed of 100% Low-Density PolyEthylene (LDPE) that melts at 120 °C, the material can be used an infinite number of times without altering its properties. In addition to this, its low melting temperature means its ecological impact is greatly reduced during the production phase.
Ecopixel technology was used to transform ECO-oh! collected trash for the project TRASHPLAST.