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First, we need to know Biodegradable Plastic does not equal Compostable Plastic
Biodegradable refers to a material breaking down with the help of microorganisms. To be labeled a biodegradable plastic, there is no time limit set on when the product breaks down and these plastics can leave behind toxic residue.
Compostable refers to a material capable of breaking down into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass at the same rate as cellulose. Compostable plastic must also disintegrate and become indistinguishable in the compost and cannot leave any toxic material behind.
That means compostable plastic breaks down to a point that it can help in the support of plant growth.
*home Kitchen waste composting
Our compostable plastics trash bags will break down in a home composting environment.
While certifications tend to let you know if a compostable plastic meets the standards (like TUV AUSTRIA HOME S0329) for an industrial composting facility, there are bioplastics out there that will also break down in a home composting environment.
The main difference is timing. In an industrial composting environment, materials can break down faster because they often grind the materials, consistently turn the piles over and reach higher temperatures. The rate at which a compostable plastic also depends on the thickness of the product aka a compostable takeout container will not breakdown at the same rate as a compostable utensil.
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