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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UBQ converts mixed municipal residual waste into a new homogeneous composite material that can substitute plastic and wood as building materials. This company’s technique can make zero waste a reality.
After waste is collectedand the recyclables are sorted out, the residual waste is sent to UBQ centers instead of the landfill. Waste from recycling centers is also accepted. The residual waste typically contains materials that are not recycled, like organics, dirty plastics, paper, cardboard, and diapers etc. At the UBQ centers they are again screened and any recyclables left are pre-sorted out of the waste flow. The residual waste is then dried, as usually waste contains 40-60% of water. The dried material is shredded to flakes, and fed to the process. At the Advanced Conversion System the waste components are combined at a molecular level, producing new composite UBQ material. This is a bio-based thermoplastic composite, that is also recyclable. Many grades have been developed. The production has no waste, uses no water and generates no fumes or effluents.
The UBQ material is produced as pellets and can be used to substitute minerals, wood or plastic (HDPE, LDPE and PP) in numerous applications. Their unique process has received patents in numerous countries in Europe, Eurasia and North America (USA, China, India, Canada, Singapore, Israel and Japan to mention a few). The company has its sights set on the 2 billion tons of residual waste that goes into landfills around the world.
UBQ’s Chief Executive Officer is Tato Bigio, and many leading international experts and scientists serve on the advisory board of this Israeli enterprise, situated in Tel Aviv. Its innovative technology has received coverage in international press like the New York Times and has been presented in international conferences.
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in international project development, renewables, and environment industry, with an MBA focused on Economics and Finance from The Hebrew University.
Gil focuses on the operational development of UBQ's technological platform while managing the day to day operations of the R&D factory. He spent 22 years in the Kafrit Group, a leader within the plastics compounding industry in Israel and Europe. At Kafrit, he was responsible for all on site operations in Israel and the UK.
With 20 years of experience in international marketing for leading global Israeli companies in the industrial sector. Sophie has a long record of success in opening new markets and creating strategic alliances. She holds BA in Economics and an MBA from Ben Gurion University
Chief Sustainability Officer
Christopher leads sustainability efforts at UBQ and works closely with international bodies and environmental organizations. Christopher managed a leading Danish sustainability think tank, Sustainia before joining the UBQ team.