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Recyclable vs. Biodegradable vs. Compostable


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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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Rosanne
Rosanne
4 years ago

Is this coming directly from the Company.. I’m a distributor and want to know I️ can share this site with my customers.. or does it go to your site??? Every time I️ tried to pull up the flyer here to get a clearer version to read it sends me to a shop/ Host/ join/learn site.. I’m fairly new and love what i am learning

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4 years ago
Reply to  Rosanne

Roseanne, thank you for your comment and for letting us know you were having trouble with this flyer. Turns out the link to it was broken! We have now fixed it, and you should be able to download it and share it with your Customers.

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
3 years ago

Great guide! I knew this, but it’s always great to have a reference..

Roberta Grassi
Roberta Grassi
3 years ago

I would like to know more about the Norwex packaging. I think it would be very wise for Norwex to invest in packaging that would be considered 100% eco friendly packaging. We would also be able to teach consumers on how to tell if there would be some teaching on the subject.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Roberta Grassi

Hi Roberta, thanks for your comment. According to our Norwex Consultants’ business website (NOrwex Right Answers, or “NORA”), we can make the following statements about the packaging that our products are shipped in:

Norwex packaging is highly sustainable:

· Norwex shipping supplies are 100% recyclable.
· Norwex boxes and paper are compostable.
· Packing air bags are recyclable and biodegradable.
· Packing paper is made from 100% recycled content and is recyclable.
· Norwex packing tape is recyclable.
· Plastic Bags on the collections, kits, etc are recyclable and biodegradable and are made from a high recycled plastic content.

We hope this helps. If you have any questions, please feel free to give our Consultant Care Center a call. In the U.S., we can be reached at 1-866-450-7499. In Canada, please contact 1-877-766-7939.