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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London Bio Packaging aims to sell the most sustainable disposables on the market today – and that’s not always the same for every business. They offer two ranges of eco food packaging, Sustain and Revive.
The Sustain and Revive ranges were designed to check both of those boxes all while offering you the value, variety, and selection your business requires and customers expect.
Sustain: Made from plants. Breaks down to grow more plants. The Sustain range is made completely from renewable resources (plants) – that means it is 100% oil-based plastic free! Sustain™ range is made from renewable resources like trees, corn-starch for bio-plastics, or crop by-products like sugarcane pulp – all sustainably grown and processed into the high-quality packaging you see in our shop. Sustain packaging is 100% compostable (in an industrial compost facility) which means it’s designed to be collected and commercially composted with your food waste. For a product to be called commercially compostable, it must be certified to EN13432 or equivalent.
The range of products includes: sustain bagasse clamshells, rectangular containers, platters and pots as well as paper food pots, boxes and trays.
Revive: this recyclable packaging range is made from old recyclable packaging. The Revive™ range is made from the only plastics that can be up-cycled back into food grade products (rPET mixed with PET). rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) is the most common plastic that is being recycled back into primary applications (i.e. bottles recycled back into bottles and not ‘down-cycled’ into lesser products like park furniture). Revive packaging is made with between 20– 100% post-consumer waste. The products sold under the Revive brand are pot lids and platter lids.
Mike is the director at London Bio packaging, he brings his competitive nature from the sporting field to work. Mike likes to win, and so does his sales team! Brought up in Africa, studied in the UK, his career started in Australia on a “grad-scheme” at Nestle. 4 years later, concerned about the impact of waste on our planet , Mike shifted direction to Closed Loop (CLES), setting up recycling programs across Australia for sporting stadiums & hospitals before starting with London Bio in 2010.
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After travelling the globe for 3 years, Rob has decided to dedicate himself to helping make the planet a more beautiful place.