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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Keyes Packaging was into recycling and green packaging even before it became a trend for nearly a century. They also make and distribute standard and universal de-nesting equipment. They have a patent for the Denester, a machine that has improved their efficiency and productivity.
Some of their products include:
Fiber trays: They produce full lines of moulded fiber trays for packaging and shipping vegetable eggs and wine bottles. They are sized to suit a variety of fresh produce and are ready for plastic or wraps. Different trace a custom-made to hold different fruit or vegetables. Wrap Pack: These are protective tissues for storing and shipping pears apples and citrus fruits.
Keyes and Wrap Pack are SQF Certified and guaranteed under the FFDCA. Based in East Wenatchee, WA, the company was founded in the late 1903 by Martin L. Keyes, an inventor who used to waste wood chips to turn them into useful products. He made the original paper plate moulding machine that was used as egg trays, bottle packs, containers for light bulbs, and fruits and vegetable packaging. They have four plants in E. Wenatchee, Indiana, California and Washington. They export worldwide from Brazil UK to South Africa. In 2013 the company was acquired by Arbor investments. The company has been recognized by the American Institute of Bakers for food safety practices.
Ted is result driven, hands-on executive with extensive experience optimizing, building and growing building products, manufacturing and mid-cap businesses. Ted graduated from the university of Chicago and prior to his executive position at Keyes Packaging, he served as the CEO of Plastimayd LLC among other companies such as Oldcastle Architectural, Inc.
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