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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Leaf Shave is a razor that has been created to avoid the disposable plastic handle and compete with the most advanced razors in the world, while allowing their customers to replace their blades for CENTS not dollars.
With this innovation, Leaf Shave is attempting to change the razor industry. Rather than the conventional plastic cartridge razor, the startup offers an all-metal razor that's intended to last for years to come to limit plastic waste. The designed razor handle integrates double-edge razor blades into a modern form factor with a pivoting head and multiple-blades.
The Leaf Razor has unique technology to adjust aggressiveness that founders claim can't be found in any other cartridge shaving system! The Leaf Razor can hold 1, 2 or 3 blades where each blade position has a different level of aggressiveness engineered via blade exposure. This means that customer can adjust the aggressiveness of the shave whenever they want.
Leaf uses 1/2 of any standard Double-Edge (DE) blade. There are dozens of options easily available at pharmacies or online (e.g. Amazon), including the Leaf preferred blade which will be supplied on their website.
Adam H. is an accomplished engineer with over ten years of experience in the medical device field. Serving in such roles as Director of Mechanical Engineering and Principle Mechanical Engineer, Adam brings a wealth of both down-and-dirty hands on mechanical engineering, prototyping and product launch with a balance of managing large-scale engineering projects through design and manufacturing. Adam was raised, educated and remains loyal to Pittsburgh, PA - having received his bachelor and master degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Adam is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of PA.
Co-Founder & COO
Adam S. is the other Adam on the Leaf team. Adam brings to the table a consumer product mechanical engineering background from Boston, MA (BS Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University). Adam also holds a graduate business degree in Biotechnology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA). He has worked at giant consumer packaged goods companies and small product development firms. Most recently, Adam ran the marketing department for a medical device start-up - bringing two multi-million dollar products to commercial success.