By Kristyn Jones, Account Executive
If something is recyclable, it means that the item can be collected, reprocessed, and reused in manufacturing to make a new item.
If something is biodegradable, it means that the item can break down naturally into organic material quicker than non-biodegradable materials, but in an undefined time window.
If something is compostable, it means that the item will break down to biomass at the same rate as other organic materials, such as plants. Contrary to biodegradable items, compostable materials leave no reside after about 90 days.
All of these options are better than nothing, but you might be wondering which of these options is the best. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons:
- Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
- Aids in reducing the microplastics in the environment
- Saves energy
- Reduces pollution
- Often dissolves in marine environments
- Breaks down with exposure to oxygen and light if loose in the environment