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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Munch Bowls produces edible wheat bowls that replace traditional single use plastics.
The bowls are eco-friendly green alternatives for plastic and polystyrene food containers. The company is passionate about reducing the carbon footprint locally and internationally and develop more edible, eco-friendly green products.
The bowls are made with carefully chosen raw materials, considering both the consumer and the environment. It is made from stone ground and unbleached flour, digestive bran, sodium (low), sugar, plant-based canola oil, and Rooibos extract (antioxidant). The bowls are vegan, free from artificial colorants, flavorings, yeast, and any GMO products.
The bowl can hold any food and hot soups for more than 5 hours while maintaining its crispness and shape. It has a shelf life of 15 months and more if stored in a cool and dry place. The crispness can also be restored by placing the bowls in the oven for 3-5 min at 70°-100°C.
Munch Bowls also won the top award at SIAL INNOVATIONS CHINA Special award in May 2014.
It is available in 3 different sizes of 250 ml Bowl, 100ml saucer, and 30 ml in plain and sweet flavors.
This solution can benefit the food, food packaging, catering, and hospitality industry by giving them an eco-friendly option for food serving and packaging.