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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Resourcify GmbH is a technology company providing a cloud-platform for digital waste management, with a focus on simplicity, neutrality, and sustainability.
Resourcify works with waste disposable companies, whose end users are large organizations, producers or businesses interested in waste disposal. Resourcify helps waste disposal agencies acquire the digital setup to work with their customers. The Resourcify Affiliate Program provides an out-of-the-box, intuitive app solution to help the customers get a faster and more efficient and future-focused service.
The internal ERP / CRM system allows agencies to receive notifications for waste collection from the customers directly and digitally 24/ 7. They allow for co-branding of the app with the waste disposal agencies so that their customers immediately recognize messages from them. End users can use the app which is connected to a neutral cloud platform operated by the agencies. It has a virtual assistant to help in documentation as well.
With the help of these apps, businesses can easily manage their wastes and coordinate collection operations by communicating data to the disposal agency. Consumers can stay in contact with collectors of all kinds of waste, and order a collection as and when required without wasting time. Collection time reminders are also possible, as well as full reports on the waste generated and collected. The program is supported by EU, Climate KIC, High Tech Grünerfonds, Innovations Starter (IFB).
The company was founded in Hamburg in 2015 to help businesses easily manage their waste, and recyclers to seamlessly connect with their customers online. Resourcify aspires to help the world transition to a sustainable and circular economy, with the digitization of recycling.
Gary Lewis founded the company with Melina Hubinger and Pascal Alinch. Prior to his position, Gary has been the head of Strategy and a Board Member at Future EDM since 2014 and has an Engineer background.
Melina is certified by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) in ‘Driving Entrepreneurship’, for Co-founding an award-winning Tech Start-up focused on improving B2B Waste Recycling. She is passionate about innovation which focuses on sustainability.