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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Splosh has developed a business model that decrease plastic waste by supplying home cleaning, laundry and dishwashing products that are refillable with concentrates. And by returning used refill pouches to Splosh, customers can virtually eliminate the generation of plastic waste.
Using Splosh is very simple, involving three steps:
Orders: Customers can place an order for a pre-selected starter box or create their own box.
Refills: As the product begins to run out, customers can order concentrate refills, which are delivered in easy to store boxes.
Repeat: The customer can keep ordering concentrate refills and refilling the bottles, adding water as and when required.
Splosh offers customers a subscription for regular refill delivery. Additionally, bottle caps are replaced for free if they break.
Each time a customer orders a refill, they are upgraded on the Bottle-O-Meter, which displays the number of plastic bottles saved by each purchase. To date, Splosh has saved 336,952 plastic bottles.
Alongside ordering, Splosh also allows customers to send empty refill pouches back to them. Customers simply have to rinse the pouch, place them in the Splosh delivery box and mail them to Splosh for free. Through the returns scheme, Splosh allows its customers to reduce plastic waste by up to 97.5%.
Splosh's range of homecare, laundry, dishwashing and personal care products can be ordered through their website or the Splosh app.