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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A tube of toothpaste is not the easiest to recycle. It is estimated that around one billion plastic toothpaste tubes are discarded each year, but these toothpaste tablets offer an alternative without waste.
The Kind Lab offers an alternative toothpaste without waste that does not come in a plastic tube. The company calls its product Bite Toothpaste Bits, and it could revolutionize the way we brush our teeth.
The company founded by Lindsay McCormick, manufactures toothpaste tablets with natural ingredients made by hand. These components of plant origin have been tested in clinical trials and have given good results in both cleaning and protecting the teeth. The company does not include fluoride in its toothpaste, so it is also safe for children. The tablets are molded into tablets and served in a small glass jar. When you want to brush your teeth, you simply put a pill in your mouth, wet your toothbrush and start brushing your teeth. The pill transforms into toothpaste as you brush and completely eliminates the need for the traditional toothpaste tube.
The company has decided to opt for a subscription-based approach, which means you can subscribe to regular orders of toothpaste. The tablets currently come in two different flavors: mint and charcoal mint. The bottle is reused, and the replacement tablets arrive in 100% biodegradable paper, which also reduces waste.