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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DropBucket is a Denmark based company that started in 2012. The company produces and markets a simple solution for events: a sustainable rubbish bin, which has a foldable and baseless design and it is a green solution for waste.
DropBucket reduces the use of plastic and metal bins and helps in waste management. It is proved to be up to two times more carbon footprint efficient. It comes in a folded form before use, which makes its transportation and storage easier. It only weighs 1kg each, making it easy for employers to lift DropBucket. After use, it can be thrown away with the garbage or reused which makes its deploy and disposal easy and environmentally responsible.
It is a sustainable solution for waste bins which can be unfolded with a single push. It helps the organizers in quick trash collection from the event area and also helps the attendees in the disposal of the waste in a sustainable manner without littering the event area.
DropBucket is made up of downcycled cardboard material and recycled plastics and the leftover materials are returned to the production cycle. It is FSC certified. There are four kinds of DropBucket designs:
DropBucket Basis, disposable.
DropBucket Outdoor, extra strong.
Reusable Cardboard Rack, designed for plastic bags.
Permanent Plastic Rack, made up of recycled plastic and longlasting
In 2015, DropBucket won the Red dot Design Award.
It is available in Denmark and is also delivered in other parts of Europe. It can be ordered online through the website.
Municipalities claim that they have reduced the cleaning after an event by 50% and festival grounds by 25% by using DropBucket. This solution can be used for all kind of events like festivals and fairs etc.