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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Developed by Ambrosia, Veles is an all-purpose household cleaner manufactured from organic food waste and water.
Food waste is one of the largest contributors to landfills, primarily contributing to methane. Over 40% of what's grown never reaches a cutting board. But this food waste also consists of water and other organic compounds. Additionally, households in the US use large amounts of cleaners, the equivalent of nearly 30,000,000 gallons of water per year. Veles offers a more sustainable solution to curb waste by converting food waste into an all-purpose cleaner and packaging it in a 100% recyclable aluminium bottle.
Veles offers a number of features like:
Sustainable packaging in a recyclable aluminium bottle
Natural ingredients and renewable ingredients.
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The company works directly with other companies that contribute to waste. A biorefining process is used to recover water from the waste. Therefore 97% of the ingredients for Veles are derived from food waste, namely: alcohol, acetic acid, lactic acid and water. The 3% remaing are essential oils for fragrance, plus decyl glucoside: a plant-derived and biodegradable fragrance stabilizer.
The fragrance is also derived from sustainable natural ingredients, namely: lavender, peppermint and bergamot.
Veles has been tested by third parties confirming its effectiveness in cleaning household surfaces like kitchens, windows and bathrooms. The aluminium bottle is the first packaging edition for the product, with refill packs coming soon.
Veles can be ordered through the official website and is also available for wholesale purchasing.