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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Treeson Spring Water bottles are made by +Space, Inc. a company that makes 100% natural, sustainable products and technologies to raise environmental awareness and help people protect the planet.
Treeson Spring Water bottles are made of plant-based, non-GMO materials sourced from post consumer waste and are manufactured in the USA. What sets this water company apart is that, these bottles can be mailed back free of cost, back to the factory so that they can be recycled. On the back of each bottle is a label with the address of Treeson’s headquarters in Texas, and the postage is already paid for, so no stamps are necessary. Some bottles collected are converted to energy to make new bottles. In addition, Treeson plants a tree for every bottle it sells. Its water has been judged as the best spring water on the market, and can be delivered in packages right to the door step. They also sell gear like T-shirts and caps to promote their brand and its eco-message.
Their process as described on their website includes the following steps:
Refresh: Give your body some of the World’s purest natural spring water delivered in the World’s most eco-friendly packaging.
Return your bottles to the for free, to guarantee that they don’t end up in landfills, rivers or oceans around the world.
Renew: To ensure that we all have fresh air and clean water for years to come they plant one tree for every bottle sold.
Recharge: When they get your bottles back they use them to make clean energy that they use to make more bottles.
Treeson Spring Water has been covered extensively by some mainstream media including FOX Business, Forbes, Fast Company and others.
He has been the CEO at +Space since 2010, and is the founder of Treeson bottles. He has also been President at HPS Engineering Inc since 2008, and before that he was President at Costa Rica Realestate Company for 5 years.