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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STACK-CUP™ provides a range of reusable and recyclable cups with a patented handle allowing users to stack the cups on top of one another for ease of carrying.
An estimated 7 million single-use cups are disposed of in the UK daily, less than 1% of these being recycled. Single-use cups are especially popular at large temporary venues like festivals, stadiums and the theatre. Additionally, the attendees find it difficult to carry several cups at the same time, making the use of disposable trays rampant. With their reusable and stackable cup, STACK-CUP™ aims to eliminate the use of both single-use cups and trays.
STACK-CUP™ products are made using 100% polypropylene, making them both durable and recyclable. The cup is CE certified to be used for carrying both hot and cold drinks. STACK-CUP™ has developed a globally patented stackable handle, allowing stacking of a minimum of four cups at a time. This eliminates the requirement of cup holders.
The cups are not only safer to use, but also reusable and more sustainable than regular cups. The cups are available in four different sizes.
Partner brands can sign up for the STACK-CUP™ scheme, and purchase the required number of cups from the official website, based on volume and event attendance. After the event, brands can simply take the used cups to the nearest STACK-CUP™ washing centre. In partnership with Hobart, the cups are washed and dried sustainably. Clean cups are returned to STACK-CUP™ through the Back2Stack™ program to maintain a circular system.
STACK-CUP™ has been used by Hong Kong Sevens and Leicester Tigers.