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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To tackle Thailand's trash problem,UBPack uses a unique formula to create zero-waste packaging from cassava and bamboo.
The Thai Patent and US Patent of KU-Green (Kasetsart University) have confirmed its innovation. UBPack is a biodegradable starch-based material that can be decompose by biological means (microorganism) into elements of nature like carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. Environment-wise, UBPack is genuinely an environmentally friendly product and does not cause harm to the natural ecosystem. The packaging with no coating is 100% biodegradable. However the food packaging type that need coating for water resistance is now 90% biodegradable as the coating is not biodegradable at the moment. But they are working on it to get it fully compostable.
UBPack products are made of naturally occurring materials, mainly cassava starch and plant celluloses. They use as well the waste of bamboo chopsticks to make the product stronger.
The products are well designed to satisfy during service and will generally return back to the nature after use under normal composting conditions. Due to its starch polymer cellular structure, UBPack has variety of application such as insulation properties, hot and cold resistant, hydrophilic (very good for cosmetics) etc.
They will dissolve in room temperature water within a week, or under humid soil at room temperature within a few weeks without leaving any waste behind. In a compost, it will take a few months.