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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Rodenburg Biopolymers specializes in the development of bio-based and biodegradable plastics that can be used in business2business and business2consumer products.
To this end, Rodenburg has developed a unique, patented process and can thus develop a wide range of customer-specific applications.
More and more packaging materials such as fries bags and candy wraps are biodegradable thanks to Rodenburg. For the production of bioplastic, Rodenburg mainly uses the waste flow of potato starch as a raw material. Bioplastic from Rodenburg is 100% biodegradable.
Depending on the composition and the production process, the product can be fully degraded by nature within a few months to a few years. Rodenburg has years of research experience and extensive knowledge of raw materials, recipes and processing possibilities.
The company is able to deliver many different products with limited adjustments to the process. In addition, Rodenburg is an expert in the development process with the customer and is able to come up with a customer-specific, high-quality product. In the production process of bioplastic, 65% less energy is needed than in the production of conventional plastic.
Rodenburg wants to contribute to a sustainable environment through a strong focus on innovation with its products and production methods.