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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Pando means “I spread out” in Latin and bac means “crates” in French.
Pandobac introduces a new model of functioning for the transport of fresh produces between food professionals, respectful of the planet, following a zero waste approach and profitable to all actors of the chain.
Currently, food commodities are packaged in disposable packaging , such as cardboard, wooden and plastic crates or polystyrene crates. Merchants waste time dealing with this packaging waste, have little storing space and not enough bins to sort out and throw everything away.
From the producer, farmer, breeder, fisherman through the wholesaler to the delivery person to the trader, Pandobac provides reusable crates to replace and remove disposable packaging in the transport of fresh produces with a turnkey solution. Indeed, the service includes crates washing and tracking through a mobile and web application.
The crates are designed especially for food contact, and they are made of 100% recyclable plastic. They are lightweight, ergonomic and easy to handle. They can be nested and stacked together, in order to save storing space. For instance, when a truck delivers fresh produces to a restaurant, it can collect previously used crates and bring them back to the wholesale market (e.g. Rungis, France) without adding any transport.
Pandobac washes the crates in compliance with food regulation. The washing process uses a small amount of water thanks to steam washing. It is made directly in wholesale markets where Pandobac is implemented.
The crates are tracked from Pandobac’s warehouses, to the wholesalers,and to the restaurants, in order to ensure their full reuse. Each user has a web and mobile app, to track the crates in real time.
Pandobac also implements awareness-raising measures to help users of the service understand the ecological aspect of the project.
Pandobac is supported by 3 co-founders : Shu, Roch and Anaïs, with engineering and business backgrounds. Shu also created a restaurant in 2014 in Paris.