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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The Molok container idea was born in the early 1990s, when the then hotel and restaurant entrepreneur Veikko Salli, reflected on how waste management in his company's yard could be improved in a neater and more hygienic way. No solution was forthcoming so Veikko Salli developed what is now known as the deep collection method. Insight started with the observation that the traditional waste points are often plagued by overfilling, odors and animals.
Like all the best inventions the Molok container idea is very simple; the waste container is vertical and partially underground. The collection capacity is increased enormously compared to conventional waste containers. The weight of the top layer compacts the waste below, thus increasing the capacity even more. Kept cool underground, the waste does not smell and animals cannot gain access to the container. As the product name suggests, the containers were likened to the ancient mythical Molok (or Moloch), which had a mouth to a bottomless pit.
Today Molok® products are sold in more than 40 countries. Nearly 30 years of operation Molok has grown into an international company whose products are known all worldwide. The environment, cost and time-saving system is used daily by millions of people around the world. The products are used in a variety of cultures with a total of more than 150 000 units. Molok's operations have been certified to meet quality (ISO 9001), environment (ISO 14001) and occupational safety (OHSAS 18001) requirements.
Design is an increasingly essential part of the Molok's product development. The company uses the industry's absolute best; designs created by professional designer Kirsi Svärd has been reflected in Molok products for over a decade. Svärd was voted industrial designer of the year in 2014. The design also includes consideration of its environmental impact throughout the product lifecycle. Operating environment- and situation analysis supporting the customers In product design it is essential to observe the environment and to get familiar with various manners and usage situations. The Operating environment analysis (OEA- analysis), executed for operators and professionals, helps in understandind the aspects of various parties. This enables optimal sizing and essential details to back up effective waste collection and recycling. More focused situation analysis can be executed at the place of installation, which brings valuable information of real user experience and needs. The saying "Users like it" tells clearly the main target of the development work and gives the power for whole operation of the company.
Pekka has 27 years of experience and currently works as CEO. He is a robust, experienced and growth-focused business leader with background in global high-tech industries.He attended the University of Jyväskylä for his M.Sc.in Economics/Marketing from 1985 – 1990