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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Xiao Huang Gou Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd. (referred to as “Little Yellow Dog Company”) was established on August 9, 2017 with a registered capital of 100 million yuan and is affiliated to Desheng Technology Group Co., Ltd.
Xiao Huang Gou Smart Waste Classification and Recycling Environmental Protection Public Welfare Project (referred to as “Little Yellow Dog”) is the main business of Xiaohuang Dog Company. Through advanced technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, Xiaohuang Dog realizes a new mode of “Internet of Things + Intelligent Recycling” for:
The classification and recycling of domestic garbage front-end through a system of smart trash bins which accept paper, plastics, metal, textiles and glass, and provide rebates to customers directly to their WeChat wallets based on the weight of their trash and the ongoing market rate of the recyclables.
Unified transportation at the middle end and centralized processing at the end as XHG employs its own team of garbage collectors to deliver the segregated waste to a recovery facility for further processing.
The small yellow dog has opened up the online and offline recycling industry ecosystem, effectively integrating the masses, waste recyclers, renewable resource industries, and garbage disposal institutions to create a complete waste recycling ecological chain, greatly reducing landfill incineration. The amount of garbage, solve the problem of the last mile of garbage collection.
XHG is one of the most well-founded start-ups working on disrupting the consumer recycling space by leveraging WeChat's popularity to encourage segregation. It raised $164 million in a series A funding round in 2018.
Tang Jun founded Xiao Huang Dou in 2017. He is as well Chairman of Derivative Group, Chairman & Founder of Group Loan Network, Director of Wanhe Group, Executive Director of Shuobo Investment. He won the "2017 Best Youth Role Model", 2017 Forbes China "30 elites under 30 years old", "2017 Hurun 30X30 entrepreneurial leader", "2017 South China Top Ten Economic Persons", " Honorary title of "Excellent Internet Finance Entrepreneur of 2017" and "2018 Hurun New Financial Industry Person of the Year".
Ma has a master's degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He has participated in the research on “Influence of Waste Recycling System on Social Development” and has led research on related project design, data model establishment, data collection and analysis. He once worked on “Campus Smart Waste Classification System”. He developed unique insights on how to build a waste separation and recycling ecosystem.
Deputy General Manager and R&D Director
Song has a Master of Science, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence Equipment and Equipment Science, from the Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tsinghua University.
Market General Manager
Lofty has been focusing on energy conservation and environmental protection in waste sorting, material recycling and other fields for 15 years. In 2016, he was awarded the title of “model worker” by the People’s Government of Bozhou City.