100% Compostable vs. Biodegradable? Why is it important?

Many bio trash bags are advertising as 100% Biodegradable.

What does it mean and is it right?

 

Did you know that, in California, it is illegal to use the term "biodegradable" in marketing claims related to plastic products? Still many are using this term.

It is because "biodegradable" is often used to describe items that do not meet ASTM standards for compostability, and are contaiminants for composters. So as in Maryland and Washington.

 

 

 

So, what does "Biodegradable" mean and how this term is different from "Compostable"?

 

Biodegradable means the ability of the materials to break down and return to nature. In order for packaging products or materials to qualify as biodegradable, they must completely break down and decompose into natural elements within a short time after disposal - typically a year or less.

 

What does "Compostable" mean?

Compostable materials go one step further by providing the earth with nutrients once the material has completely broken down. These materials are added to compost piles, which are designated sites with specific conditions dependent on wind, sunlight, drainage, and other factors.

 

 

It is important to purchase a product that follows these rules and guideline. If the manufacturers and marketers are not following this simple rules, what else are they not following?

 

Why is it important? 

The average American produces 1,704 pounds of garbage per year, roughly three times the global average, according to the 2019 report by the research firm Verisk Maplecroft. Against the importance of this massive amount of garbage disposal, American is not getting any education on the proper and environmental friendly garbage disposal. 

 

 

- Quotes from https://www.heritagepaper.net/

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