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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Geami is an "in-the-box" protective wrapping solution. Combining good protection with an award-winning design, Geami is cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.
When wrapping items, an interleaf layer of tissue is critical to the protective performance of the die-cut. Without tissue, die-cut layers nest like stacked bowls preventing the loft necessary for optimal product protection. The all-important tissue layer also protects products from surface abrasion (scratched paint, worn labels, etc.)
Geami is the result of decades of product development and real-world experience. With reams of scientific data, cushioning curves, customer evaluations, and feedback from leading international brands, Geami’s two-layer system, provides a balance between form and function.
Geami helps protect products while improving packing efficiency through less pack time (no scissors or tape) and less space (a smaller pre-pack dimension saving freight, inter-plant handling and storage expenses). Moreover, it is 100% paper, 100% biodegradable and 100% curbside recyclable. Unlike inflated plastic wraps, which are difficult if not impossible to recycle and creates disposal issues everywhere, Geami simply goes in the curbside paper recycling bin, rather than the trash.
Sold exclusively by Ranpak, Geami’s two-layer combination of die-cut Kraft and interleaf tissue creates both a protective and decorative wrapping solution.
Geami is available now on Amazon.com and through Ranpak’s international network of distributor partners. Soon it will be available as “Ready Roll” on Staples.com and off the shelf at select Staples locations.
From homeowners and small business owners to international brands and global businesses, Geami provides several solutions that can fit each need.
The word Geämi was created by combining both Latin and Greek words: ge = "earth“ and ami = "friend."