The answer is both yes and no. The proprietary material that makes up our plastics is biodegradable; it is plant-based and produces non-toxic byproducts, such as humus (the organic compound of soil).
Nevertheless, we respect and adhere to the FTC Green Guide regulations and the California environmental marketing guidelines which state that claims of 100% degradation or biodegradation are difficult to prove.
Therefore, to adhere to California’s Green Guidelines, we are not claiming or marketing our plastics as ‘biodegradable’ or ‘degradable’.
Consumers should be wary of any product that claims to be 100% degradable or 100% biodegradable, because, in short, the current infrastructure of our communities (e.g. landfills, municipal dumps) does not promote/aide complete biodegradation.
If our plastics end up in a landfill, they can degrade in the anaerobic (sealed landfill) conditions of traditional landfills. Because our plastics are made from biobased renewable resources, they degrade at the same rate as other natural/organic compounds found in the landfill, such as paper, yard waste, or food. Yet, even in this less-than-optimal setting, our products have an environmental value that only a bioplastic product like ours can provide.
For more information on this subject please visit our Government Regulations page, which has links to the laws we site and adhere to.