Compostable means: “materials which biodegrade in a composting process through the action of naturally occurring microorganisms and do so to a high extent within a specified timeframe. The associated biological processes during composting will yield C02, water, inorganic compounds and biomass which leaves no visible contaminants or toxic residue/substances.” This term is regulated by multiple standards, including EN Standard 13432, ASTM D6400, & ASTM 6868. Oftentimes, products labeled as compostable can only meet these criteria in an industrial composting facility. However, even products that meet compostability requirements do not always meet these requirements in practice. There’s been a recent movement to remove even certified compostable bio-based, fossil-fuel-based, and mixed materials from the few industrial composting facilities that accept them. Many get in trouble for Greenwashing (We’ll talk about that in the future). For products you can trust that are truly earth-friendly, visit Pura Vida Bioplastics!