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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Hamac is an innovative French brand, specialized in washable diapers for babies. The company innovates for the well-being of babies and respect for the environment. The team works towards making washable diapers and baby bathing suits that are stylish, healthy and practical for the children. Their goal is to preserve biodiversity and our planet by reducing the waste associated with disposable diapers.
A child's diaper is changed 5000 times from birth to cleanliness, and that represents 1 ton of layers that are thrown away. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that about 20 billion disposable diapers are dumped in landfills each year, accounting for more than 3.5 million tons of waste. Although disposable diapers need to be exposed to oxygen and sunlight to decompose, they do not degrade well in a landfill. What's more, disposable diapers take about 500 years to decompose. The millions of tons of untreated waste added to landfills each year through plastic diapers can contaminate ground water, this made them come up with washable diapers.
With Hamac, a person only throws a small veil, and put the rest in a machine. Even if the washing machine means using water, electricity and laundry; the ecological advantage remains enormous compared to the use of diapers disposable.
Hamac diaper is composed of 3 different parts :
The whole diaper (microfiber)
An absorbent microfiber (or organic cotton)
A disposable and biodegradable protective sail, with no chlorine and no perfume.
Hamac also works in close partnership with communities who want to reduce their waste and offer healthy alternatives to disposable diapers, while saving money. Already 60 nurseries use Hamac daily.