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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BinBang is an all-in-one box system that makes it easy to separate different waste streams at homes or offices.
Their mission: saving 250 kg of raw materials from going to the incinerators per person per year! Your home situation does not always allow efficient and clean waste separation, it gets messy, smelly and consumes space. But what if your life was made easier not by compromising on your lifestyle but by introducing a nice way of keeping your waste separated. A life in which you decide how and what you want to recycle.
The BinBang is a stackable waste tower. The height of the BinBang will depend on the quantity of Bin's you stack on top of each other. A Bin is 37 cm high, 39 cm wide and 32 cm deep. The height of the stacked Bin's is 2 Bins 72.5 cm, 3 Bins 108 cm and 4 Bins 143.5 cm. The content of the inner box is 29 liters. There is no inner box available with a larger volume, but by dividing the inner bin into two compartments you can easily dispose of all waste streams.
They are working on a compactor system that will make waste management even easier and cost-efficient. Their Bins are designed for indoor use and not recommended for exposure to the sun. They work with municipalities to encourage households to segregate their waste streams.
Their products are available in the Netherlands through their online shopping portal.
Anja traveled the world in 2009 and was shocked by the amount of trash she saw lying around. She started Bin Bang to address the problem of waste segregation, which she felt was the easiest step people could do.