What are biodegradable products?
A product is considered biodegradable if it can be broken down naturally, by the action of bacteria and other living organisms (primarily microbes) over time.
Often made of plant fibers, biodegradable products decay slowly and naturally, and can be returned to the earth without toxins and without harm.
A compostable product, on the other hand, is a product that is collected after use, and taken to a composting center where it is composted and then recycled.
The advantage of a compostable product is that the composting process can be accomplished more quickly, and as a result, recycled more quickly…
Biofriendly plastics are made from both types of material, but it’s important to know which one you are using so that it can be disposed of or recycled properly.
Environmentally friendly cutlery, food service containers, and bags are just a few of the many common examples of products being made today with bioplastics.
The BPI is short for Biodegradable Products Institute. It is a multi-stakeholder association of key individuals and groups from government, industry and academia, which promotes the use, and recovery of biodegradable polymeric materials. BPI will accomplish this goal through education, adoption of scientifically based standards and cooperative activities with other organizations in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.