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 Canibal machine is dedicated to cans, plastic bottles, paper and plastic cups recycling, especially in out of home environment.
Every year around the world, 1000 billions drink waste are thrown away. Only 5% of them are recycled and remaining 950 billions will be burned at best. At worst, it will end up in ours oceans.
Based on this observation, after 3 years of R&D, Canibal came up with an innovative based on a playful approach to collect and educate.The machine is able to recognize, sort and compact waste, including cups which counts for more than 80% of beverage waste in offices and corporate places. With this innovation and their recycling partner they can transform every recycled cup in a new product.
Canibal created Caniplac, a material made of recycled cups, which can be used to make many products such as bins to collect more cups. A tangible example of circular economy.
The material can also be used for the realization of eco-designed projects. For example, they have been using it in the renovation of school buildings. Caniplac can also be used as filaments for 3D printers, insulating plates, sound insulation, office equipment.
Benoit Paget founded Canibal in 2009. He is as well the CEO of Green Big, a company that uses recycling as a lever for development and creation of added value. Benoit is also an entrepreneur with the mission to transform waste into resourceful materials.