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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Abeego makes reusable beeswax wrap that is an affordable and earth-friendly replacement for disposable plastic wraps or aluminium foil and works exactly the way a rind, peel or skin would -- it breathes and this helps preserve food longer by allowing ethylene gas to dissipate
The product is all-natural, antibacterial, durable, generates zero waste and uses minimal energy to produce. It is made using a blend of pure ingredients known for their preservative properties. This includes hemp fabric, beeswax and jojoba oil. Abeego also claims its wrap is inspirational, looks, smells and feels good, and fosters a healthier relationship with food.
Available in four sizes, Abeego wrap is slightly adhesive and malleable at room temperature and stiffens when cool; holding the form you create. The fluid and air resistant natural coating keeps food fresh and is easy to clean. With proper care, these wraps can last for one year.
The company aspires to help consumers overcome the "plastic wrap habit" and instead look at ways to preserve food naturally. The product can be purchased online or at select stores in Canada and the USA.
Toni Desrosiers is a nutritionist-turned-manufacturer. She is on a mission to promote the powers of beeswax and get natural and reusable food storage into kitchens everywhere.
Linda Biggs' background is auditing, governance, and project management and she claims this gives her a unique insight into how she would and wouldn’t want to build a company. Her last five years of startup and tech leadership experience provided her with first-hand knowledge of how to support a company's growth and its people.