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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Ecopol is a manufacturer and distributor of biodegradable hydrosoluble polymers. They are involved in all phases such as formulation, manufacture and distribution of biodegradable hydrosoluble polymers for detergents packaging, oil & gas, constructions, agri and hospitals, in film, granule, glue and bag forms.
They maintain a number of important collaborative partnerships with research and academic institutions, where they co-operate at the forefront of polymer technology to develop advanced applications in the field. Their Hydrolene® family of products is a portfolio of proprietary formulations designed for a wide range of applications. Main areas of use include Consumer Goods, Harsh Chemicals packaging, Hospital & Medical, Oil & Gas and other unique fields requiring tailor-made solutions. All products are compliant with the relevant global regulations.
-The production line encompasses the entire conversion of raw materials into both intermediate and ready-end products such as films, pellets, bags and glues.
-In addition to its hydrosoluble advantages, Hydrolene® film is biodegradable, converting to carbon dioxide, water and cellular biomass in accordance with the relevant international standards (ISO 14851 and ISO 14852).
-In soils for agricultural and nursery gardening use, it contributes to the maintenance of the soil structure, favouring the yield of ongoing cultivation.
The strategic location of the plant in Europe and their global network of agents and representative offices provide an international presence to serve the fast-growing demand of global customers, delivering efficient customer service worldwide and providing prompt technical assistance as and when required.