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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Govaerts Recycling NV uses plastic which otherwise ends in landfills or is burnt for energy to make secondary plastic used to produce recyclable items that are a sustainable alternative for traditional building materials like timber, steel, and concrete.
The cradle-to-cradle concept is the basis of their business to ensure that no material is wasted. They use recycled material HDPE, LDPE, and PP in a specific proportion sourced from Western Europe. This plastic waste comes in the form of plastic bottles, buckets, packaging and agricultural film, plastic bags, and cups This waste is then mixed with dyes and other additives to strengthen the final product. This is a proprietary blend used to ensure homogeneous mass that is melted under high temperatures and sprayed into molds. The company uses green energy and recycle the water in the production process.
They produce Govaplast boards, posts, sheets, and bench profiles. Products according to categories:
• For Horse: fence posts, stable tiles, stales sheets, horse boxes and stables.
• Homes: products for use in residences are decking boards, marina decking boards, and fencing.
• Streets: items for the street and park are furniture such as benches, tables, as well as planters and litter bins as well as playground equipment like furniture, objects, balance trails, fall protection.
• Traffic: These products can be used in public spaces like grass tiles, and for bollards, ground fixing sockets, roadside reflectors, and trail posts.
Govaplast benches were the finalists for the first ever Plastics Recycling Awards Europe.
Eddy implemented the core strength in an extensive range of durable products and systems in the Home, Street, Horse and Play collections. Govaplast has now become the standard in the plastic recycling industry, and is one of the leading European players in the field of recycled plastic products.