As shoppers are making more eco-conscious decisions, the popularity of biodegradable and compostable products has increased massively. The higher growth for demand is also because of the implementation of regulations on the use of non-degradable products. They are put in place by governments across the world in a bid to help curb the global environmental crisis.
With an increase in environmental concerns, customer preferences are swaying from traditional synthetic products to an eco-friendly alternative including biodegradable and compostable bags. Compostable plastic bags, used for shopping or waste, dominate the market for biodegradable plastic products in Europe. They make up about two-thirds of the total market. The market will only continue to grow, as people’s awareness of the environment and their concerns grows.
Before we look at the benefits, it is important to clarify the difference between biodegradable and compostable. The two phrases are often lumped in together when they have different meanings. Biodegradable especially is a common buzz word that is thrown around a lot when it comes to sustainability. It is not always used correctly. This is like the act of ‘greenwashing’ which companies are using to improve their sustainability credentials without much to back it up.
Biodegradable products mean that eventually, they will break down into smaller pieces. This however does not have a time frame and could take anywhere from 1 year to 1000 years. Therefore, this term can be misleading as many products will eventually disintegrate and will be labelled as ‘biodegradable’. Compostable products are certified to break down completely into non-toxic components (water, carbon dioxide) that will not harm the environment. Some biodegradable plastics release greenhouse gases during decomposition, which is counterproductive to the environmental cause. This makes certified compostable products the most ethical choice for an eco-conscious shopper. Our compostable products are proven to break down within 6 months on land and 2 years in the ocean. This can put your mind at ease, knowing that eventually no trace of your purchase will be left on the planet.
"Our compostable products are proven to break down fully within 6 months"
The environmental benefits of compostable products are enormous. They use less carbon than similar products and reduce levels of pollution in the water, soil, and air. The materials used are non-toxic and natural. Other synthetic products contain problematic chemicals such as phthalates which can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system directly putting consumer’s health at risk. Each year, plastic waste generation in the UK amounts to approximately 2.2 million metric tons. Compostable products replace the need for single-use plastic products which have been standard for years.
The benefits of compostable packaging are clear. It is good for the environment, helps brands show that they care, putting the planet before profit and enables a consumer to feel like they are doing their bit in the war against the climate crisis. Compostable products are the ethical and healthy choice today.
Eco Green Living stocks a wide range of eco-home products for consumers and wholesale. The products include compostable dog waste bags, bin liners, caddy liners and our new bio-wrap (an eco-alternative to cling film)