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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Vericool is a developer of sustainable cold chain packaging.
After over 5 years of research, development, engineering and testing, the company launched Vericoolers: a range of patented high-performing thermal shippers made from renewable natural ingredients that will revolutionize the way cold chain products are shipped.
Testing proves that Vericoolers’ patented technology performs just as well as Styrofoam. They perform testing to meet ASTM, and ISTA standards. With the thermal performance, reliability and low-cost of Styrofoam, but none of the harmful environmental effects—Vericoolers safely and sustainably ensure that food, medicines and other temperature-sensitive products stay cool, from packaging to receipt. They claim to be the only recyclable and compostable packaging that protects products and people today, and the environment tomorrow. The company also provide full customization for customers who require specific cold-shipping container sizes.
Solutions can be qualified using ISTA 7D, 7E, modified, custom & ASTM standards 12-96 hrs.
2-8c, 2-15c, 2-25c, -20c and/or custom temperature range.
After removal of the top pillow, the Vericooler® as a whole unit can be curbside recyclable.
Design minimizes edge loss that increases temperature control.
Replaces the detrimental environmental impact of EPS (commonly referred to as Styrofoam®) and other harmful plastic/foam insulation, non-recyclable metalized bubble bags and other ineffective "green" solutions which provide limited to no thermal protection.
Provides cushioning for product to ensure packaging integrity providing a better customer experience.
Customizable solutions to fit your exact payload requirements.
Customizable marketing message and logo print available.
Darell has been the CEO at Vericool since he founded the company in 2015. He has also been a Senior Project Director/ Custom Packaging Engineer at Container Consulting Service, Inc. for the last 13 yrs
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