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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IADYS was founded in 2016. The French company studies and develop new solutions, applications and innovative products in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics.
Its first R&D project called Sea-Net, is dedicated to marine ecology and is dedicated to marine ecology offering efficient, flexible and inexpensive solutions for depolluting aquatic areas, especially for narrow zones (coastlines, ports, rivers, canals…).
The first production is a marine surface robot called Jellyfishbot. This innovative robotic solution is able to collect floating marine litter and hydrocarbons present on the surface of the water. Commercialized since June 2018, it has already been bought by 2 cities in the South of France: Cannes and Cassis. It is easy to manipulate, fun to use, very efficient (can cover 1000 m2 / hour), Electrical, ecological and quiet.
The surface-running robot for cleaning up marinas was presented to the US market at the 2018 International Boat Builders’ Exhibition and Conference. Jellyfishbot can be used in ports, rivers, canals and along the coast.
IADYS won the 1st prize at the Pro National Trophy from the insurance company Groupama.
Doctor in robotics and artificial intelligence, Nicolas is the author of the Sea-neT project that deals with issues of autonomy and cooperation between vehicles.
Always fascinated by the marine environment and innovation, he transmits to his team his strategic vision, and his motivation to develop these new robotic solutions, which will work to improve the environment of tomorrow.
Associate & Technical Director
Doctor in computer science and production, during his thesis, Ronald developed models of heterogeneous simulations (human, technical, organizational and environmental) for SEVESO-type severe accidents.
With more than 15 years of experience, ranging from home automation to nuclear power, he has mastered the complete cycle of an industrial project, and brings the technical and industrial dimension of IADYS.
Graduated from ISC Paris in 1993, Cyril Castello began his career as an international development consultant at CCI Marseille-Provence. He moved a few years later to consumer electronics. Since 2018, he is managing director of Chaxam, a company specialized in the sourcing of mobile phone accessories in Asia for major French companies. He tis in charge of IADY's business development in France and internationally.