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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EcoPodis an easy-to-use refill kiosk that dispenses cleaning solutions and personal care products into refillable containers.
EcoPod was developed to reduce plastic pollution by shifting retail from single-use plastic to a sustainable refill-based system.
The company vision is a world where single-use plastic no longer dominates the retail landscape and existing plastic no longer degrades the environment, but instead is repurposed and meaningfully reused. To do so, they are placing EcoPod in residential buildings to encourage use and reduce plastic waste. It's a win-win for the planet, residents, and business with a % of the profits going back to the property owners. Owners appreciate the self-contained, virtually maintenance-free aspect of the kiosks, which presents excellent return on investment in a short period of time. Likewise, end-users appreciate the easy-yet-effective convenience that EcoPod offers– simplifying their lives, reducing their waste, and creating value in their day-to-day budgets. Reduce, Reuse, and Save.
The kiosks fit into approximately the same size space as a beverage vending machine,
The instructions are easy-to-follow and show where to position the EcoPod containers,
The users bring their own EcoPod containers to refill their detergents and cleansers,
Upon payment, the selected cleaning product is dispensed into the EcoPod container and is ready to use.
Henry Pino has been in the chemicals industry since 1993, when he created a company to help hotels, hospitals and restaurants reduce their stockpile of chemical drums by refilling them with his fleet of tanker trucks. In 2003, Mr. Pino sold that company to dedicate more time to his high-rise development company, but always understood that his original concept could work at the consumer level. Environmental Solutions Group was founded to achieve a real and positive impact on the environment – reducing plastic waste on a massive scale by providing the same refilling capabilities to anyone with the EcoPod system, as well as other eco-conscious innovations.