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.
Miniwiz uses its patented inventions in mechanical and chemical up-cycling technologies to produce high value raw material with wide applications.
Their scientists and engineers invent the machinery, techniques and treatments necessary to achieve zero-toxicity and zero waste. All materials plastic, organic and food waste have been experimented on. Not surprisingly they have over 1000 new and entirely sustainable materials and applications.
The Trash Lab is a mini engineering plant, applying real processes and technologies to ensure the discoveries can be scaled for manufacturing. Over the last decade Miniwiz has acquired patents for many of its innovations such as:
Polliber™ a composite made of reprocessed organic waste with recycled polymers.
Natrilon™ a yarn made of recycled PET reinforced with Nano SiO2 from rice husks.
Pollibrick™ a revolutionary building material made from 100% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Polymer.
Plyfix™ consists of sheets of fibrous materials, compressed into a solid sheet made from Low Melt PET and Recycled PET from drinking bottles.
These have added value to recycled waste through re-engineering. These products can be used in architecture, vehicles, interiors, furniture, consumer products, packaging, and transportation contributing towards a circular economy.
In 2015, the World Economic Forum recognized Miniwiz as a Technology Pioneer in the category “Energy / Environment / Infrastructure”. Miniwiz has made a documentary with National Geographic, and is recognised by global organisations like the UN for its achievements.