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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Krown-design is a fresh design label for high performance and natural products that are safe and sustainable.
From the world of art and design, Eric Klarenbeek has always searched for applications of new materials. His Mycelium Chair is famous. From the world of packaging, Jan Berbee was in contact with Ecovative to bring the applications of Mushroom Packaging to Europe. This shared knowledge and passion formed the basis of Krown-Design.
Krown-design makes the production cycle smaller, smarter and local. They grow their products using bio-based materials and organic waste streams. Mycelium is infinitely available and acts as the living glue to bind this organic waste.
The material is literally grown, not manufactured. They use a growing organism to transform agricultural waste products like husks from hemp, flax and corn stalk into a beautiful protective product that is safe and natural. The plant material produces oxygen during its life cycle, simultaneously binding CO2. Within the production process they try to minimize emission, opening its potential to create products with a negative ‘carbon footprint’. Instead of wasting less, they strive to absorb emission. Krown focuses on greenest and cleanest production method imaginable on the planet. They search for ways to produce while absorbing emission.
Anything is possible with their products, any shape and size. Also, the look and feel of a product can be tuned to fit your unique needs. They can adjust mass, resilience and surface of the finished product. Krown-design products are found in interiors, packaging, building and construction.
After use, the product is fully compostable, and can be disposed without harming the environment. On the contrary, it will fertilize our surroundings!