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.
Thank you for your interest in Ubuntoo. We’re excited that you’re here! To continue, you’ll need an account with us.
Polipop was founded by Olivia and Aaron who wanted to develop a new approach to periods. Their flushable and biodegradable sanitary products have a higher absorbability than current disposables, and will disintegrate away within minutes in water.
Polipop is ensuring that their products are completely secure to use with their patent pending pad. They used a bio-inspired shape to reduce the leakage giving their pads less risk of leaking and a higher absorbability than current disposables.
Only when they are flushed down the toilet, will they start to disintegrate away within minutes. The team is working on having the European EDANA and UK SNAP flushable protocol certification, to assure that the pads are completely safe to flush and biodegradable.
The startup is launching first flushable and biodegradable sanitary pads, but they are already developing their flushable and biodegradable tampons. Like their pads, they've changed quite a few things that their testers said they hated!
They are planning a distribution through pharmacies, supermarkets, and convenience stores, but as they grow they are planning on moving to online retail as well.
At the same time, Polipop is working with the Indian government to develop low cost reusable sanitary pads, that can be given to schools and villages in a bid to make menstrual health and hygiene sustainable and accessible to anyone, anywhere.