Recyclable vs. Biodegradable vs. Compostable

An increasing number of products today are described as “eco-friendly” and biodegradable. However, not all of them live up to the environmentally friendly label. Even those that do make the grade as certified biodegradable or compostable don’t end up where they should.

Recycled vs Biodegradable vs Compostable

Recycled vs Biodegradable vs Compostable

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Organic materials—comprised of yard trimmings, food scraps, wood waste, and paper and paperboard products —are the largest component of our trash and make up more than two-thirds of the US 249.6 million tons of solid waste in 2008.” The product category of containers and packaging specifically is right up there with 31 percent or 78 million tons making it to the municipal waste stream.

So what can we do? To start, let’s sort through the confusion and differences between products that are recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable. Download this flyer to learn more.

At Norwex, we are doing our part to promote environmental awareness leading to a more sustainable lifestyle and better quality of life for everyone. This month we introduced our Compostable Bags made of Ecovio® F Film C2331 a biodegradable film product containing renewable resources, a compound of biodegradable copolyester and polylactic acid (PLA). PLA comes from corn starch, a renewable raw material. In a compost pile the bag should biodegrade within 180 days.

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