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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INSOFT's founder is Patrick Mainguené, who worked with Patrick Marguerie, the designer of Annecy (MAGEO Design) to produce the Ector sneakers. The company was started in 2011 and is based in Romans, France. They use polyester from recycled PET bottles, and reduce waste and plastic pollution.
The company works with local partners and the entire manufacture of the shoe is carried out in the territory of Romans from the cutting phase of the material to the finish, through the essential steps of stitching or assembly. It has been made to fit a circular economy as it uses recycled plastics, and after use the shoes can be recycled again and again without need for disassembly.
The sneakers, shoes and slippers are well-designed, comfortable and produced from quality materials. The various parts of the shoes are assembled by hand. The shoes are durable and washable at only 30 °C. They have spring, summer, autumn and winter collections. Many of them are sportswear as well as slippers.
The slippers and shoes use recycled felt made from PET from recycled plastic bottles. This is OEKO-TEX 100 certified and sourced from Europe. It has no health hazards, and is PVC-FREE, GLUE-FREE.
The Ector shoes can be ordered online and are currently delivered to France, Luxembourg and Belgium.
Prior to creating Soft'IN, Patrick the founder chalked up many years of experience in designing, developing, and marketing of different kinds of sports shoes, for Lafuma (9 years), AIGLE (5 years) and Salomon (5 years).