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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Established in 2005, SBANG started as a sub-contractor and is now a turn-key contractor for setting up Renewable Energy Power Plants to convert Biomass and Waste To Energy (WTE). They are qualified in EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction). Based in Thailand they also operate overseas.
They help in producing renewable energy in thermal power plants through the use of biomass such as empty-fruit brunch, rubber tree roots & stumps, rice husk, corncobs as well as Refuse– derived fuel (RDF) from municipal waste and industrial waste. They are involved from start to finish in the installation of a project. This involves conceptual planning and designing, procurement of equipment, construction, equipment and instruments inspections, plant commissioning and performance tests, and finally operation and maintenance services.
Support for new investment in renewable energy projects and their operations (Domestic and Overseas).
Engineering service and acting as the turn-key system integrator for Biomass and Waste To Energy power plants.
Engineering service and turn-key system integrator service for RDF processing plants.
Besides business, the company is actively working to help the communities where the power plants are situated through health camps, afforestation and projects for improving agricultural income and other livelihoods.