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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Bluecup is an initiative started by a group of passionate espresso aficionados with a love for Nespresso espresso. In their opinion, Nespresso’s pre-filled cups had issues regarding freedom of choice, environmental aspects and the price of each capsule of espresso. They wanted an espresso that was better for the environment and could be made using their own ground coffee beans or ready-ground coffee. This desire led to an innovative search that ultimately led to the development of the Bluecup. The Bluecup has been patented and has undoubtedly revolutionized the creation of the perfect espresso!
Bluecup is compatible with stand-alone Nespresso systems produced after October 2011. The machine offers a unique combination of benefits making it a unique and trusted concept. It is 99 times more environmentally friendly than prefilled capsules and there is no deformation to the machine.
The Bluecup systems contains:
replaceable aluminum foils,
a capsule creator,
a spoon (to fill capsules easily and efficient).
The capsules and accessories can be ordered online through the company's website.