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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GEM Recycling is a Delhi-based organized packaging scrap management company that provides complete value chain for scrap management solutions to its clients. It is among few select companies in India offering such services, including - collection, recycling and sale of recycled merchandise to its clients.
The company also aims to help other corporations to fulfill their Extended Producer Responsibility. In March 2016, the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) published the Plastic Waste Management Rules (PWM) with the objective of plastic waste minimization in the country.
GEM Recycling was incorporated in 2013, while seeking a viable business opportunity on the lines of PET recycling. Drawing inspiration from its already existing counterparts, GEM Recycling claims that it was conceptualized with better execution and technology equipped. Company’s mission is to work towards environmental sustainability and gradually be recognized among the best innovative and technological packaging scrap management companies within and outside India, who offers complete value chain. Although based in Delhi, the company also has a sales office in Mumbai.
The company provides wide-ranging services like Waste Management, Manufacturing & Marketing of recycled products and Green Awareness campaigns. These products are sold under GEM Recycling’s ‘Being Responsible’ motto. GEM Recycling’s services can be accessed from almost all over India as it collects scrap from over 20 states. Additionally, the company is working towards providing solutions for collection of post-consumer PET, Multi layer packaging, PVC plastics scraps, etc.
Currently, GEM’s client base consists of Fortune 500 companies. The company is targeting its operations towards B2B segment, with ambitious plan to build a brand segment for recycle fabric. In the next couple of years, GEM Recycling hopes to develop an all India system for collection of post-consumer PET scrap via RVMs. As they do EPR for many corporates, they are currently collecting 10,000 tons of MLP waste per year across all their locations. They are also working on a pilot with Uflex by supplying clean MLP waste.
They are also lobbying with various stakeholders to introduce a Rupee Deposit Scheme which incorporates the design of container deposit scheme more commonly seen abroad.
Sachin is the founder of Gem Enviro management. The company’s mission is to work towards environmental sustainability and gradually be recognized among the best innovative and technological packaging scrap management companies within and outside India, who offers complete value chain. Although based in Delhi, the company also has a sales office in Mumbai.
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