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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EvoEco want to make it easier for people to recycle and compost their waste. The company is creating a set of Smart Waste Bins to empower enterprises' sustainability efforts, while also reducing their bottom line waste costs. Because of the high cost of landfill, their Smart Bins use a multitude of sensors and interactive displays to help consumers divert their garbage from landfill into more cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternatives, like recycling and compost.
When someone discards their waste, sensors inside the EvoBin trigger responsive messages. Messages can be customized for specific audiences and events. The EvoBin can show environmental facts—or demonstrate how much money your organization could save by recycling. EvoECo intelligent monitoring system also allows for the bins to monitor how full they are, and notify service personnel when they need to be emptied. Additionally, they host a suite of internal tools that enable enterprises to gather analytics on where their customers are throwing items away and how much they are depositing at a given location.
Every EvoBin waste deposit can be recorded on a personalized back-end dashboard. Real-time data can help building managers monitor activity and optimize custodial services across multiple locations. They also offer customized monthly reports to help clients track and maximize waste diversion towards sustainability goals. Their analytics capabilty allow businesses to better understand consumer behavior, and optimize their operations accordingly, saving them both time and money.
The EvoBin is a freestanding, modular, steel construction available in white, graphite grey and espresso black, and comes with a 1080 HD monitor, and 23-gallon capacity liner, wasteproof enclosure with security and castor options. Each EvoBin comes with a basic video loop showing items that are typically recycled, composted or landfilled in your region. Your video can be customized to show waste items specific to your organization. They ship all the EvoBins with six core feedback messages. Your EvoBin can be updated with new messages on a regular basis. They offer to create customized widgets for your organization.
Each EvoBin is freight shipped and installed by a site specialist. They’ll set up your bin and show your team how it works. Every EvoBin is covered by a 12-month warranty. They’ll repair or replace electrical components, if needed. William Zhou is the founder and CEO of this Seattle based firm that was started in 2015.