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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The Nurturing Co. aims at inspiring personal change towards no-plastic waste through the development & distribution of daily-use essential products that are better for people and the planet.
Landfills and our oceans are home today to more than 5 billion tons of non-degradable plastic. Single-use plastics in packaging is growing to double by 2050. The destruction of ecosystems and loss of bio-diversity is caused by harvesting forests and unregulated farming. 27000 trees are destroyed each day, just to produce toilet paper. Apart from the irreversible impact to the ecosystem, harvesting trees are the primary source of smoke haze in South East Asia.
The Nurturing Co creates products that are 100% compostable and come in packaging without non-degradable plastics. It might cost us a bit more, but its impact lasts forever. No virgin wood pulp is used. The company sources natural alternatives such as bamboo that can grow faster and not destroy ecosystems and bio-diversity when harvested. They also invest in developing new products that upcycle the previously unusable by-products from farming.
Under Bambooloo®'s brand, they produce toilet paper made from 100% virgin bamboo pulp from the bamboo groves in Chongqing region of China. The same bamboo fibre is also used to make fabric, which gives it its great soft and silky feel. It is:
Grown insecticide-free, fertilizer-free, chemical-free using a fully sustainable production process from certified sources that uses 80% less water.
Made without any harsh chemicals, bleaches, chlorine, inks, dyes or scents.
Made from bamboo which is a grass and not a tree. When bamboo is cut, it grows back, sometimes more than a meter a week. When a tree is cut it dies and the ground needs to be cleared to plant new trees, which causes irreversible harm to the ecosystem and the environment.
25% more absorbent than wood-pulp based paper products, and 30% stronger.
Anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and hypoallergenic.
They licence the brand into other markets and only works with partners who share their values to minimize impact to the environment. They closely monitor and continue upgrades to reduce emissions, energy consumption and waste so that what they make is not only great for you, but great for the planet.
Beside this, David Ward is developing Reeturn™: a circular economy marketplace in development that is setting out to change the consumer packaging material cycle by building a platform allowing consumers to buy their favourite products in reusable packaging, and to upcycle any other post use materials back into the supply chain. This will be managed through their IOT based Reeturn™ crate/tote system.