Avoid "Greenwashing"

Avoid "Greenwashing"

Many companies advertise their compostable trash bags as being 100% biodegradable, but what does this term really mean? In California, it is illegal to use the term "biodegradable" in marketing claims related to plastic products because it is often used to describe items that do not meet ASTM standards for compostability and are contaminants for composters.

"Biodegradable" refers to the ability of materials to break down and return to nature. In order for packaging products or materials to qualify as biodegradable, they must completely break down and decompose into natural elements within a short time after disposal, typically a year or less. "Compostable" materials go one step further by providing the earth with nutrients once the material has completely broken down. These materials are added to compost piles, which are designated sites with specific conditions dependent on wind, sunlight, drainage, and other factors.

It is important to purchase products that follow these rules and guidelines. If manufacturers and marketers are not following these basic standards, it raises questions about their adherence to other environmental regulations. With the average American producing 1,704 pounds of garbage per year, it is crucial that we are educated on proper and environmentally friendly disposal methods.

- Quotes from https://www.heritagepaper.net/

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