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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Paperman provides technology to design and execute large scale recycling projects. Over the 8+ years in operation, the young company has touched more than 500,000 people across India’s $5 Billion (USD) recycling industry.
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Paperman provides 5 services
Doorstep Recycling Service - An Uber for trash mobile application that connects 5,000 waste producing touch points with over 270 local trash collectors.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) - A blockchain enabled technology platform that allows global corporations to fulfill their EPR compliance. It also provides data and analytics reporting of our on-the-ground activity of the informal trash sector which will provide critical intel for smart cities mapping out their plans and strategy for waste management.
Recycling Consulting Service - Using data and analytics to help private – public partnerships improve the quality of waste management.
Social Finance - Focused on providing finance for SHGs, players of the informal sector and other operators in the circular economy space.
School Recycling Programs - They design programs in schools for students to be aware of the importance of recycling and waste management at a home level. Their programs such as Recycle Week, Trash Tales and RestArt Earth focus on engaging students with everyday recyclables in a creative manner.
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The company partners with various state governments and turnkey contractors for setting up recycling units and other services for the industry. It provides technology to partners and public organizations to design and execute recycling projects.
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