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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The Biofabrik Group develops and markets technologies for the sustainable management of energy, nutrition and waste problems. They want to reduce the destructive mining of fossil raw materials and develop profitable business models in the process.
More than 300 million tonnes of plastic waste are produced worldwide every year - and the trend is still rising. About 5 billion tonnes of plastic waste are already in landfills. However, when plastics are exposed to weather conditions such as sunshine or water for extended periods of time, this leads to a whole range of negative effects on flora and fauna, among other things, the plastic releases significant amounts of greenhouse gases.
With the WASTX plastic, the Biofabrik Group is changing the way we handle waste. The WASTX technology, which has now been completed after many years of research, produces fuel from hazardous substances such as clinical waste, or plastic waste. In the innovative pyrolysis process of WASTX Plastic, the long-chain hydrocarbon compounds of plastic waste are broken up by the influence of high temperatures with the exclusion of oxygen. The fuel obtained from the plastic waste can be used to drive internal combustion engines or converted by generators or turbines into electrical energy.
Its key features:
1 kilogram of plastic waste becomes 1 liter of new fuel,
Almost free waste becomes valuable energy,
Modules can easily be connected in series,
Energy for more than 200 people per system,
Fully automated with worldwide support and remote monitoring.
Their WASTX Plastic has reached the market maturity and the production of the first series production line has begun. In the next step, the first system will be delivered to their partner Schur Star in northern Germany and international sales can begin.
In 1999, Oliver founded the first German online shop for food products with the online food retailer Lebensmittel.de. Each day, several thousands of orders were processed and shipped. After the successful exit in 2009, with BIOFABRIK there was an aim to develop a company which solves central social problems holistically. Since 2010, he takes responsibility for the strategic management and business development of the BIOFABRIK Group.