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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Getting disposable gloves on and off is a struggle. Now GloVac are introducing an intelligent glove system that makes pulling gloves on and off easily. It only takes a few seconds.
Cleaning assistants tend to use gloves 75% of an average working day, as it is so difficult to get the gloves on and off. Trials with the new GloVac system show that time used with gloves on can be reduced to 25%.
Because of the quick glove change, the assistant will only use the glove when necessary.
There are several benefits in using this system:
Easy and time saving putting and removing the gloves without the risk of touching their outer surface,
Decreased risk of damage to the skin caused by contact with detergents or other harmful fluids,
Decreased risk of eczema as a consequence of sweat/moist inside the gloves,
Safe and dry storage of gloves,
Financial gain by decreased consumption of disposable gloves,
Environmentally friendly solution.
GloVac was originally established under the name Veinux in 2010, but in 2013 the previously developed glove concept was transferred into a new company GloVac. The company then further developed the concept and negotiated agreements with European industry players.
The company is privately owned with one main investor (the Southern Danish Innovation & Education and Research Ministry - SDI) plus some minor investors.