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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Ultra Green Packaging leverages renewable natural resources for the greater good.
They keep polystyrene and petroleum-based plastics from polluting the environment and landfills as these man-made materials can take hundreds of years to break down. You reduce your carbon footprint.
Ultra Green Packaging aim at making eco-friendly, sustainable food packaging and dinnerware products for a healthier planet. This includes:
Their products marked with an asterisk (*) are:
*Bio-degradable in 60 - 90 days
*Made of bamboo and wheat pulp
*Oven, microwave and freezer safe
And all PET lids can be recycled. Their products are tree-free, plant-fiber based from rapidly renewing resources, including bamboo, wheat straw, bagasse and other agricultural by-products. They are USA-made and environmentally friendly products. Their maufactoring facility is based in Minnesota manufacturing facility.
Ultra Green develop eco-friendly packaging that’s also business-smart. Their FDA-approved, premium quality packaging is oil-resistant, liquid-safe and sturdier than most sustainable food packaging options. Their sustainable food packaging products withstand heat and hot liquids, are oil resistant, microwaveable, freezer-safe and oven bakeable up to 425° F, providing customers flexibility, durability and convenience.
The range offers competitive pricing that’s on par with recycled paper products and in some instances even lower. A majority of their TreeSaver products have been ASTM 6868 certified, and all bio-plastic (PLA) products are ASTM 6400 certified.
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Select BPI certified products will break down in 60 to 90 days at an industrial composting facility. The company don’t recommend home compost for their items. Products certified by BPI for composting in a municipal or industrial compost site are not suitable for backyard composting.