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 Water Enhancing Technology company WET Global aims to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles and the micro-plastics they contain by supplying operators with Pure Ionic alkaline antioxidant water and reusable, brandable glass bottles.
The water we drink from taps or from plastic bottles can contain pollutants. In many parts of the United Kingdom the water is hard, causing pips and heating boilers to block up with limescale which can also harbor bacteria. Until now, water softeners require salt tablets to function.
WET Global's system requires no salts, chemical or power. It also helps the environment by cutting down the use of plastic water bottles. They do not ionize water or sell ionizing machines because they need power and produce waste. Instead, the company activates and alkalines the water naturally as well as distributing it in glass bottles to reduce plastic waste.
WET Global supplies pure, alkaline water for the hospitality industry using an innovative, workable, circular economic model with no cap ex for the bar, restaurant or hotel. Their CSR and passion is to reduce single use plastic water bottles which are polluting the earth and oceans. The company proudly supported Whole World Water in their initiative for the hospitality industry, designed to reduce carbon footprint, eliminate plastic waste and improve health while also raising investment for the over one billion people who don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water globally. Wet Global aims to continue this initiative with The Water Smart Foundation working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
WET Global also installs their water enhancement system at no cost, raising funds from literage used or a small donation on customer bills to install fountains in public places and schools and to support related campaigns such as London’s OneLess and the global SeeChange project.