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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Headquartered in Australia, JOCO is a reusable drinkware company manufacturing sustainable vessels to replace single-use disposable containers.
2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the world every day. An estimated 3 million tons of disposable cups have ended up in landfills over the last three decades. Less than 1% of these are recycled, owing to plastic content and sheer number. JOCO aims to fight single-use waste by promoting the use of durable, reusable drinkware.
Every JOCO cup is carefully designed by artisans to ensure precision and quality. The cup is made from non-porous borosilicate glass, making it BPA-free and non-toxic. The sleeve and lid are made from food-grade silicone and are dishwasher safe. The seal is leak-proof making the cup travel-friendly and is antibacterial. The cup itself is microwavable allowing easy reheating of beverages.
JOCO cups are available in a range of sizes from 4 oz to 16 oz. The products are available in a number of attractive designs and colours. Apart from coffee cups, JOCO also sells bottles, glassware and cup accessories.
JOCO also provides companies and brands with the opportunity to customize their cups.
JOCO, in partnership with organization Take 3 For The Sea has contributed to the removal of over 45000 plastic pieces from the ocean since 2017. With each JOCO purchase, a fraction of the sales is donated to the organization.
JOCO products can be ordered through the official website and are shipped worldwide. The products are also available on Amazon.