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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Trex company is a leading recycled materials manufacturer of wood-alternative decking, railings and other outdoor items.
Trex was started to manage the problem of disposing of all the bread bags. Beside that, wood recycling helps reduce environmental impact by preventing less trash from ending up in landfill, which in turn means reduced air and water pollution. Wood recycling is an ideal technique for ensuring that the environment is maintained in its natural state.
This led to the creation of Trex. The company aims at changing the way people live outdoors, by pushing the boundaries of what’s next and helping their customers enjoy outdoor living in new ways.
Trex is dedicated to developing the world's most innovative decking. From recycled timber, plastic and sawdust, they create durable, low-maintenance, high-performance materials that can withstand the harshest outdoor conditions.
They continue to break new ground in eco-friendly products and manufacturing processes, leading the industry in green technology.
Trex has been awarded and recognized on various platforms. It was recently awarded the 2017 Builder Brand. They can be found (and not only) at Home Depot and Lowe's.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Bryan has competed an MBA in Finance from University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School. He has been associated with Trex since over 15 years. He was a Finance Manager at Ford Motor company before Trex.