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 Biome Ecoshop provides solutions and stock alternatives for single use plastic items that are the leading cause of pollution. People in Brisbane, Indooroopilly, Paddington and Balmoral can shop at their store. They also take online orders and delivery within Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, UK/Ireland, China, Europe (EU) and other countries.
They specialize in reusable items that will produce zero waste i.e. they can be reused many times and the materials they are made of can be recycled after use. Under this category they have different kinds of water bottle made from BPA free materials like stainless steel. They have glass, silicone, bamboo, and steel straws. Reusable, steel, and glass cups; and coffee mugs for use on the go. Reusable produce bags; and reusable, canvas, and jute bags.
In addition, they promote DIY organic beauty products some like soaps and shampoo bars sold without plastic or any packaging. Other items include hand-made Australian crafts, solar chargers and gadgets, green cleaning products, organic baby products, vegetarian recipe books, vegan skin care and mineral makeup etc. Their specialty is that they trace the product back to the ingredients used to make sure that they are safe and sustainably produced.
They carefully research and verify each supplier for truth in labeling, safe ingredients, and zero harm to people and animals.
Biome is different because they delve into the whole story of a product, the people behind it, and its impacts, so that you can make a choice to match your values. Not only are all their products free from toxins, but they go further to consider aspects like human rights, waste, and supporting local.
Force for Good. They are proud to be a Certified B Corporation, the first retailer in Australia to achieve this.