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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In 2018, NOHBO unleashed its Drop line. Following years of extensive research & development, and thousands of hours spent in the lab till breakthroughs were reached, the Nohbo team has successfully developed single use, water soluble drops for personal care products. It's the brainchild of Benjamin Stern, who came up with the idea for his company at age 14. This is single-use shampoo or conditioner with an outer coating that melts in water.
One simply takes a shampoo drop in their hands under shower water, and the product melts instantly.
NOHBO Drops are comprised of two parts; an outer film utilizing the most advanced up-and-coming water-soluble technology, alongside a moisturizing base comprised of shampoo, conditioner, body wash OR shaving cream. Each Drop, when mixed with shower water for 2-4 seconds, will produce an excellent personal care experience with no harsh chemicals, free of parabens and sulfates, and NO DAMAGE to the environment.
NOHBO is now partnering with Genomatica to create its natural line of single-use, water-soluble personal care Drops.
The product launch follows a successful pre-sale period which generated strong interest from the consumer market as well as inquiries from leading names in the personal care, hospitality and sustainability industries. The company’s new signature 15-pack of 5-milliliter shampoo drops will be shipping direct to U.S. customers in May 2019.
Ben Stern won over the panel of investors with his eco-friendly shampoo company, Nohbo, after washing his bubbe’s, hair on national television. Ben Stern, from sunny Melbourne, Florida, made waves on his appearance with the “Sharks” last February. Ben won over the panel of investors with his eco-friendly shampoo company, Nohbo, after washing his bubbe’s, hair on national television. Ben runs Nohbo Labs, a 15,000 sq ft cosmetics/ingestibles manufacturing factory in Melbourne, Florida, which is not only limited to producing and making products for commercial sized hotel distributor orders, but also contract manufacturers products like lotions, CBD Shots, Kratom based drinks, etc.