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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BiologiQ is a bioplastic resin manufacturing company.
Starch and starch-blended plastics have been available for years and are commonly known as Thermoplastic Starch (TPS) and TPS blends. However, these TPS plastic products have been expensive to produce and have not achieved the level of quality that is required to make high-quality thin films for plastic bags.
Brad LaPray, the founder of BioLogiQ, set out to make them better. In 2011, he started BioLogiQ with the intent of creating a useful plastic from the excess starch created during potato processing, which led to the invention of NuPlastiQ Biopolymers’ through its proprietary process.
BioLogiQ has grown from a simple concept to an industry-leading sustainable bioplastic resin provider. NuPlastiQ comes in pellet form so plastic product manufacturers can use them like other traditional plastic resin pellets using their standard production equipment.
BioLogiQ’s NuPlastiQ pellets are designed to be blended with every type of conventional plastic and also with other bioplastic resins. BioLogiQ has invented a process that allows them to make blends of NuPlastiQ with traditional low-density polyethylene in such a unique way that the resulting thin films are significantly stronger than the PE-only film structures.
BioLogiQ has invented a process for making homogeneous blends of NuPlastiQ® BioPolymers with other polyolefins. The resulting thermoplastic blend is called a BioBlend® and it can be used to make plastic items that are stronger than those made with pure polyolefins. The chemical and mechanical bonds of plastic products made with BioBlends® exhibit beneficial properties from each of the base resin feedstocks.
BioBlends® are in use with many traditional fossil-fuel resins such as LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, PS, PP, and PBAT, as well as with bio-based resins such as PHA, PLA, and PBS. BioLogiQ continues to develop blends with various grades of the many plastic resins available in the marketplace.