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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Saponetti offers Canada's first reuse and refill system for soaps and detergents for home and personal care products.
Although recycling is a lucrative method to repurpose plastic waste, it has proven inefficient with only 11% of Canada's plastic waste being recycled. With its soap delivery system. Saponetti aims to promote the reuse of plastic containers used for detergents and other cleaning products.
The soap delivery system works in a few steps:
Customers can either request for the order to be delivered or choose the 'Pay & Pickup' option.
In case of delivery, customers will pay a deposit for the mason jar containers, which will be refunded upon collection.
In the case of 'Pay & Pickup', the customer can carry their own containers to the refill station.
The deposit refund is offered as a promo code, which can be redeemed on the next purchase. All Saponetti deliveries are done using an electric vehicle. Deliveries are available at selected locations, with the first 'Pay & Pickup' station installed between Dufferin and Lansdowne Subway.
Saponetti soaps are largely plant-derived, hypoallergenic and biodegradable. To date, Saponetti has saved nearly 10,000 plastic bottles from landfills.
Saponetti offers refills for shampoo. laundry, dish soap, personal care, hand soap and all-purpose cleaners. The products can be ordered through the official website.