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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Restoration Packaging delivers products that are 100% compostable and recyclable. With each product served, the carbon footprint is offset with local restoration efforts and landscape beautification.
All of their paper products are sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber yards. The FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established in 1993 to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. The FSC does this by setting standards on forest products, along with certifying and labeling them as eco-friendly.
All of their PLA products and compostable liners are made from renewable resources, not petroleum based oil. These renewable resources include dextrose and sucrose which is sustainably extracted from corn starch, cassava, sugar cane and beets. The company has partnered with Ingeo for this compostable bioplastic material and is striving towards improving this bioplastic material, by utilizing other sustainable material such as utilizing Lignocellulosics, which is the extracted sugars from bagasse, wood chips, switch grass or straw (all perennial growing crops rather than annual growing crops).
All products are 100% compostable. When their products end up in a certified commercial compost facility, they can be composted and transformed into high quality commercial compost within 180 days. This soil can be used for many applications including landscape mulch, top soil for gardens, fill soil for construction operations and more.
Restoration Packaging takes pride in sourcing products from certified manufacturing partners who practice the most ethical and environmentally friendly practices within the disposable food service packaging industry. They constantly strive to drive more sustainable manufacturing techniques throughout the industry.
Alex founded Restoration Packaging in 2015. He also invented the "Seed Embedded Coffee Cup." he recently graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Packaging and Industrial Technologies.