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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Kudoti is aiming at building the future of waste management. A future where waste is valued for its material value, where we recycle more and waste less.
Kudoti, which means "trash" in the Zulu language, began as a response to the dire need to find new ways to deal with our waste. The startup was founded by two young entrepreneurs, Gift and Matthieu, with the mission to significantly increase recycling rates by enabling greater valueextraction from waste.
Kudoti's platform connects waste collectors with recyclers so that waste is no longer polluting the environment or ending up in landfills. They work to close the waste loop and move towards a more circular economy with trash being recognized for its material value. Their vision is to create the essential framework and process for waste to go from the homes to the proper end-recycler. Through the use of technology, they are creating an operating system for the entire waste industry, tracking the waste generation and then making sure it gets to the right place so that waste is, well, no longer wasted.
As a technology and logistics company, Kudoti:
Provides an end-to-end data enabled logistics platform to connect waste collection centres with recyclers in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.
Constantly record and analyze data from the point of collection to the drop-off point to inform their logistics process and waste management strategy.
Work with the current infrastructures of buyback centres alongside several logitics partners who provide lohgistics assets.
They already have established partnerships with waste collectors as well as with their logistics partners and recyclers.
They are currently working with their clients to have them start using the platform and are planning the official launch for April 2019.