Compostable plastics are the next generation of plastics- they come from renewable materials and break down through composting. … Compostable plastics are non-toxic and decompose back into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass when composted.
1. Standard Biodegradable Plastic DOES NOT EQUAL Compostable Plastic
And the difference does matter.
Biodegradable refers to a material breaking down with the help of microorganisms. To be labelled 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. Pretty awesome, right?
2. Standard Compostable plastic WILL NOT biodegrade in a landfill
Throwing a “green” plastic product into a landfill defeats the purpose of creating and consuming biodegradable and compostable plastics in the first place.
Many people think, oh well, it’ll at least break down eventually…but…well actually, no it probably won’t.
These special plastics need air, moisture and sunlight to break down properly and unfortunately, landfills tend to entomb waste and deprives it from these necessary elements.
If you buy compostable plastics it’s up to YOU to make sure it ends up in a composting environment.
3. Standard Biodegradable and compostable plastics DO NOT mix with recyclable plastics
Now we already gave you the “don’t throw compostable plastic in the garbage” lecture but remember that goes for the blue bin too. This can create a wasteful extra step for the recycling plant to sort out bioplastics from recyclable plastics or contaminate the recycled materials in the process which again, defeats the whole purpose of both environmentally friendly initiatives.
This is why clear labelling is so crucial: compost your compostables!
4. Not all biodegradable and bioplastics are free of pthalates or bisphenol A (BPA)
Most people see the word bio and think “natural” and associate it with safe. But safe or non-toxic plastics are determined by further testing to ensure a bioplastic is free of harmful chemicals like lead, cadmium, BPA and pthalates.
This is another instance where reading the fine print is important.
Some compostable plastics will break down in a home composting environment
While certifications tend to let you know if a compostable plastic meets the standards (like US ASTM-6400-99) for an industrial composting facility, there are bioplastics out there that will also break down in a home composting environment.
OUR Pura Vida Bioplastics compostable products are USDA CERTIFIED BIOBASED PRODUCTS:
Through the voluntary labeling initiative, companies may apply for certification to display the USDA certified biobased product label on a product that states its third-party tested and verified biobased content. the purpose of this label is to make it easy for consumers to locate and compare biobased products for purchase.
Why Choose a Biobased Product?
by choosing a biobased product labeled, USDA certified biobased product, the consumer can be assured that the USDA and the federal government stand behind the accuracy of the percent of biobased ingredients as stated on the label. the USDA has established least biobased content standards for many product categories. a product must meet or exceed the least biobased content percentage in its given group to qualify for certification. products belonging in categories for which minimum biobased content requirements have not yet been established must contain at least 25% biobased content.
What is a Biobased Product
Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. these products offer an alternative to conventional petroleum-derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as lubricants, detergents, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics. for the purposes of the bio-preferred program, biobased products do not include food, animal feed, or biofuels.
USDA biobased product
TRULY COMPOSTABLE PET WASTE BAGS:
EN 13432 TUV OK COMPOST INDUSTRIAL
Pura Vida Bioplastics features, the ok compost industrial label & are guaranteed as biodegradable in an industrial composting plant. this applies to all components, inks, and additives. the sole reference point for the certification program is the harmonized en 13432: 2000 standard: in any event, any product featuring the ok compost logo complies with the requirements of the EU packaging directive (94/62/eec).
CERTIFIED WITH: TUV OK compost home
owing to the comparatively smaller volume of waste involved, the temperature in a garden compost heap is clearly lower and less constant than in an industrial composting environment. this is why composting in the garden is a more difficult, slower-paced process. TüV Austria’s innovative answer to this challenge was to develop OK compost home to guarantee complete biodegradability in the light of specific requirements, even in your garden compost heap.
owing to the comparatively smaller volume of waste involved, the temperature in a garden compost heap is clearly lower and less constant than in an industrial composting environment. this is why composting in the garden is a more difficult, slower-paced process. tüv Austria’s innovative answer to this challenge was to develop OK compost home to guarantee complete biodegradability in the light of specific requirements, even in your garden compost heap. IS CERTIFIED WITH BNQ
BNQ CERTIFICATION is an excellent calling card since it guarantees that the products and services provided and the systems implemented are compliant with the applicable standards. tens of thousands of BNQ clients around the world see it every day: certification means quality and they cannot do without it.
In addition, certification sets them apart from the competition, because it makes them advance continually by updating their practices according to changes in the industry requirements. To them, there is no doubt that certification is the best for raising their profile and gaining the trust of customers.
*For those products that are allowed to feature the mark or logo the following determinations apply in addition: the use of the conformity mark (logo) is allowed on non-certified packaging in case its complete content is certified. in this case it must be clearly communicated near the logo that the logo on the packaging only concerns the packed product, not the packaging.*