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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EarthSuds are single-use tablets of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash that dissolves and lather like traditional products.
The startup is co-founded by Marissa Vettoretti and Daniel moll. During a competition, Marissa discovered that amenity bottles used by hotels can't get recycled due to their low-quality grade of plastics, contamination, and size. Every year in North America 5.7 billion plastic shower amenity bottles are sent to the landfills.
EarthSuds is a plastic-free soap and believes in a plastic-free and sustainable economy without compromising the quality, replacing the single-use plastic. It is sulfate and paraben-free and uses all vegan, partially organic and cruelty-free ingredients.
How does it work?
The tablet can be crushed in hand.
It lathers with water.
It can be used for washing accordingly.
One tablet can be used for one wash regardless of height, weight, style or length of hair.
EarthSuds is economically generated and re-invests profits. It also provides employment to adults with developmental disabilities and is added to the list of 2019 Green Key Vendors.
The product can be purchased directly from the website. It is available in 3 forms, the white color tablet is for shampoo, yellow for conditioner and blue for body wash.
This solution can benefit hotel industries to cut down and replace their mini toiletries bottles.