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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Smart waste bin for automatic sorting and efficient waste management
Bin-eis a smart waste bin, designed for office spaces and smart buildings, enabling them to achieve efficiency in waste management and reach green strategy goals. It combines most advanced technology to simplify recycling and facilitate the transition to a circular economy.
It sorts and compresses the waste automatically, controls the fill level and processes data for convenient waste management. It recognizes the type of waste thanks to an AI-based system and sorts it to the relevant chamber. You can follow the process of the recognition process and check the fill levels on the touchscreen. The collection service gets notified automatically when one of the bins inside is full. Each device can be easily managed via an app that shows the fill level of each bin, real-time data and summary statistics. An integrated IoT-Platform provides valuable insights into waste management operations that can be used to optimize collection routes as well as save costs and labor of waste disposal.
Bin-e is an excellent solution for easy and resource-efficient recycling in smart buildings. It enables the recovery of high-quality raw material and the reduction of time, costs and CO2 emissions of waste transport.
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Dąbrowa, Poland, Europe
Stage of Development
Scale Up TRL 8
Value Chain Impact
Segregation / Sorting
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