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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FLEXIDRYdepackager is a versatile solution developed and patented by Green Creative who specializes in the design, production and marketing of innovative solutions for the processing and recovery of waste. Their mission is to create effective, robust and reliable machines that will provide customers with a pertinent and optimized answer to their waste recovery issues.
Given the increasing concern for environment protection, bio waste producers have to cope with more stringent regulations on waste recovery whether from food industries, supermarkets, or separate collections. If properly sorted at source, this waste can be used for animal feed or can be recovered at anaerobic digestions and composting sites in order to be converted into biogas and bio-fertilizer. However, when packaging is still present in waste, the recovery in no longer possible.
This is why Green CREATIVE invented FLEXIDRY: a bio waste depackaging machine with an innovative system that effectively separates organic waste from its packaging:
The packaged waste first goes through a perforation module where it is punched through,
Once opened, it is rolled and laminated in order to extract the organic matter,
Finally, it is brushed in order to obtain clean packaging at the output.
By avoiding any shredding of waste, FLEXIDRY allows the recovering of clean packaging ready to be recovered and high quality of organic matter, free of packaging residues.
The fermentable fraction of waste can then be turned into biogas and fertilizer.
Green Creative mentions the following key strengths:
Flexibility: FLEXIDRY processes all types of packaging. Both its operating mode and onsite integration are highly flexible.
Quality: the recovered organics presents close to 0% contaminants and up to 99% of the organic matter is extracted.
No added water: the process relies on low energy consuming mechanical actions and implies no water addition.
All their machines are designed and produced in at their Sucy-en-Brie plant, in the greater Paris area. The company was founded in 2010 by Lucile Noury and Rémi Gomez, two engineers who graduated from the ENSAM engineering school. To date, the company counts 25 employees.