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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Trashless Takeaway is striving to create an ecosystem in which the consumers are made more aware of their carbon footprint through their use of plastic food containers which they use every time they takeaway food and on the other hand make restaurants earn some good karma by reducing the plastic waste generated through food packaging.
The amount of plastic that one ends up throwing after ordering food is horrifying. The amount of plastic discarded due to food packaging is enormous. Trashless Takeaway works on a preventive model where rather than recycling the wasted plastic, the company is striving to reduce the use of plastics in the first place itself.
Trashless Takeaway's website helps customers find restaurants and cafes that accept reusable containers. This offers multiple benefits to both customers and restaurants/cafes:
For the customers:
It is an healthier option which can avoid potential health risks from plastic toxins,
It is a Pocket-friendly option, not just because one could save on the packaging charges but can also avail discounts at some places who bring their own container.
One can reduce their plastic carbon footprint and be part of the solution, rather than being a part of the problem.
For restaurants & cafes:
They can save on the cost of single-use plastic takeaway containers,
An innovative initiative like this can also attract more customers who are looking to reduce their use of plastic.
Apart from the 3R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Trashless Takeaway also believes in a fourth R which is Refuse where they give an option to customers as well as the restaurants to refuse single use plastics wherever possible – when grocery shopping purchase loose items not packaged in plastic, bring your own reusable bags and containers for takeaway food, etc. Trashless Takeaway is striving for a cleaner, healthier community.
In Australia, over 1100 business have already joined this reusable takeout program.
Kim has founded a few startups before launching Trashless Takeaway. He has worked for over 15 years with The20 as a Graphic Artist, Web Developer and Digital Production Manager. And founded Camera Market too.