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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BeeBee Wraps are reusable beeswax food wraps that offer a sustainable alternative to plastic.
Their aim is to reduce plastic pollution in the natural world and help rework ideas around using non-sustainable materials.
BeeBee Wraps are made from sustainable ingredients; organic cotton, beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil. They are non-toxic, biodegradable and anti-bacterial too! Using the heat of your hands BeeBee Wraps shape around your food or bowls creating a breathable seal to keep food fresh!
They can be wrapped around bowls of food or wrap food directly (sandwiches, avocados, cucumber, nuts, crackers, fruit, etc.).
BeeBee Wraps last up to a year if loved and when they are good to be thrown, they can go to the compost heap or green bin.
Kath Austin created BeeBee Wraps because she saw the need for an alternative to single-use plastic. Prior to founding the company in Apil 2017, she had been an assistant Fund Development Manager for 5 years for Hft and a community fundraiser for 6 years