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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Lemon Tri has innovative machines, which can automatically identify and sort waste containers of drinks and beverages. These can be metal cans, plastic bottles, and beakers.
The company collects the sorted waste with their own fleet of haulers and processes them. These systems are meant for organizations such as canteens, cafeterias, campuses, malls, hospitals. They offer different kinds of collecting bins, simply, Teris, easy+, globa, Ultra, Liquid and Mobile
People can put in any beverage container in the machine, and get a token which can be cashed. To get more people involved they provide incentive schemes like games and lottery, rewards via coupons and loyalty card. The waste is taken to relevant recycling centers. In the case of plastic, Lemon Tri is itself involved, where they compress and process the waste bottles to produce secondary material, in the form of pellets. Lemon Tri monitors the performance of all their collection points, provides reporting and delivers recycling certificates to their clients.
Lemon Tri was founded in 2011 to optimize recycling on-the-go. Currently, they run 200 machines in France and Belgium, with prestigious clients such as Danone, Nestlé, Hewlett Packard, Carrefour, Zodiac Aerospace, Thales and Air Liquid. Augustin Jaclin and Emmanuel Bardin co-founded Lemon Tri SAS, and Jaclin is the president. The company has offices in Paris and Marseille in France.
Augustin Jaclin is the Co-Founder of Lemon Tri SAS and currently serves as the president of the company. He graduated from EDHEC business school and is passionate about entrepreneurship and the environment. He is also a winner of numerous international competitions and in particular finalist of the NYC Next Idea Columbia University.