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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KeCo specializes in innovative takeaway packaging for the ‘food-to-go’ markets and offers a comprehensive range of off the shelf products made from sustainably sourced materials to suit all requirements. They also offer bespoke custom print or manufacturing solutions putting the customer in charge of the design, style and look of their packaging.
The company has stated that one of their key priorities is creating sustainable products and are committed to producing these in any way that can help reduce adverse environmental impact. 96% of their products are made in their UK factory, and they implement all necessary steps to ensure they recycle the vast majority of waste materials used in the manufacturing operation.
The KeCo friendly range is made up of all products that have a key environmental benefit, be it the manufacturing process or the material they are made from. The company sources all of their board from ethically responsible manufacturers and can offer FSC® or PEFC™ certified products as standards. They believe in utilising every aspect of their materials and whenever any process waste occurs they endeavour to recycle the material so it can be used again.
They offer several ranges, including:
StrEAT™ range that includes boxes, trays & a foil wrap and can be used for a variety of sweet & savoury foods. The leak proof boxes are perfect for any take away dish. The material is certified Compostable (EN 13431)
Earth-Pac provides bagasse bio-boxes made from a fibrous waste material from sugar cane production – which are sturdy, biodegradable & compostable. They are leak proof and keep products fresh and hot for longer.
Located in the green belt area of Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, they have a wealth of industry experience and know how that offers unrivaled best in class service. Their facilities are BRC AA, ISO 9001/14001 & OHSAS 18001 certified guaranteeing exceptionally high standards of quality, safety & hygiene and environmental best practices.