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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Founded in 2008, KeepCup is a reusable coffee cup, designed to replace the commercial single-use disposable cups used at coffee shops.
An estimated 2.5 billion disposable cups are discarded in the UK each year. Of these, less than 1% are recycled, due to the plastic content and the sheer number. With their extensive range of reusable and recyclable coffee cups, KeepCup aims to eventually eliminate the need for disposable takeaway cups.
Each KeepCup product is carefully designed and developed to allow ease of use and prolong durability. The cups offer a number of useful benefits:
The cups are available in glass and plastic forms, in a varied range of colours and designs.
The tempered glass cup is manufactured from soda-lime glass, making it recyclable.
The sleeves are available in two forms of cork and silicone for heat protection.
The lid is made from polypropylene and is BPA and BPS free, with a drinking seal making it travel-friendly.
The individual parts are dishwasher safe making it easy to clean.
The cup itself is heat resistant (up to 100 Celsius), making it microwavable.
The cups are available in a range of sizes (XS, SIX, S, M, L).
Each cup has internal volume marker lines for accurate measurements.
Cups are designed to fit in car cup-holders securely.
Replacement parts can be ordered from KeepCup in a hassle-free process.
Apart from this, KeepCup also offers the option to customize the cups according to the requirement for brands and organizations. Consumers also have the option to design their own cup from the preference of size to colour.
KeepCup encourages consumers to wash the cups regularly, and handwash the parts which are not dishwasher safe to ensure prolonged use.
KeepCup products are now used in more than 65 countries worldwide.
The cups can be ordered through the official website and are shipped worldwide.