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.
Thank you for your interest in Ubuntoo. We’re excited that you’re here! To continue, you’ll need an account with us.
MetGen design and market novel enzymatic solutions for the most challenging of industrial conditions to meet our customers need.
The company provides enzymatic solutions for all lignin-based biomass applications. Lignocellulosic biomass (LB) is the most abundant organic mass on the earth, in a variety of forms that can be converted into food/feed, fuels, chemicals, and various types of biomaterials. MetGen supports industries in reducing their carbon footprint through their solutions.
They offer a wide range of novel enzymes specifically tailored to the customer processes. MetZyme® PURECO™ is a next-generation enzyme family for valorizing all biorefinery material streams that is conversion of sugars and lignin.
Enzymes in this family are individually customized for each substrate and process. This attention to detail significantly improves the economics of biochemicals production from the lignocellulosic feedstock. PURECO™ enzymatic solutions are specifically tailored for biochemical conversion to value-added renewable chemicals.
PURECO™ family includes, but is not limited to following unique solutions:
Lignin Fragmentation and Fractionation,
Glucose Isomerization even in unpurified hydrolysates,
Full glucose bioconversion to other platform sugars and further conversions to platform chemicals.
PURECO products consist of a variety of novel enzymes needed for challenging conversions and conditions in complex value-chains. These enzymes enable Wood-to-Chemicals processes, and with that, a source of more sustainable and renewable chemical building-blocks for better products and materials. Opportunities include, but are not limited, to bioplastics, sorbitol, xylitol, furfural, 5-HMF, FDCA, and organic acids. New technologies supporting Biofuels – such as jet fuel, biogas, or even lignin-based marine diesel – are made available to the industry.
One of the most exciting newly developed technologies is based on lignin oxidizing enzymes with stability and activity optimum at pH 11. This technology enables lignin fractionation in water-soluble conditions without solvents or heavy metal catalysts. Most abundant source of aromatics is finally available for resins, adhesives, composites, elastomers, foams, cosmetics, etc.
The company has received "The Best in BioFuel / BioEnergy category for the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA)" award in 2014.
Alex is a founder and CEO of MetGen since 2008. A serial entrepreneur, Alex has over 15 years of international experience in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and cleantech industries. He also serves on the Board of Directors of HyTest (Finland), a leading supplier of reagents for the in-vitro diagnostic market. Alex received his MBA from the Robert Kennedy College, Switzerland in 2005.
Klara has been the head of MetGen’s R&D since its foundation in 2008, and an inventor of MetGen IP. Klara holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and has published over 15 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Klara’s previous international career in academic and industrial institutions in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology provides deep knowledge in genetic engineering, molecular evolution, and protein science.
Matti has an MBA and a biotechnology engineering degree from Turku University of Applied Sciences. Matti has more than a decade of experience in industrial biotechnology, starting with Genencor/DuPont. During his career, he has had various international leadership roles and organizational development responsibilities.
Sami-Pekka has B.Sc. in engineering and a degree in marketing. He has more than two decades of experience in serving pulp and paper industry. During this time he has been holding various management positions in sales organizations of chemical solution providers. In the Sales Director role, Sami-Pekka is introducing MetGen’s enzymatic solutions – MetZymes® – to the industry and providing application knowledge to the customers.