What's the difference between compostable and biodegradable?

Eco-friendly product packaging emerged from the need to create a new packaging solution that does not generate the same waste and toxicity as known synthetic materials. Compostable and biodegradable are terms commonly used in the topic of sustainability in packaging materials, but what is the difference? What is the difference when describing packaging as compostable or biodegradable?

1. What is compostable?

If the material is compostable, it means that under composting conditions (temperature, humidity, oxygen and the presence of microorganisms) it will decompose into CO2, water and nutrient-rich compost within a specific time frame.

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2.What is biodegradable?

Biodegradable represents a process, but there is no certainty about the conditions under which the product breaks down and degrades. The problem with the term biodegradable is that it is a vague term with no definite time or conditions. As a result, many things that are not "biodegradable" in practice can be labeled as "biodegradable". Technically speaking, all organic compounds can be biodegraded under the right conditions and will break down over a period of time, but it may take hundreds or thousands of years.

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3. Why is compostable better than biodegradable?

If your package is labeled compostable, you can be sure it will decompose under composting conditions within a maximum of 180 days, leaving a non-toxic residue.

4. Why is compostability important?

Plastic packaging waste is often so contaminated with food waste that it can’t be recycled and ends up in incineration or landfills. That‘’s why compostable packaging was introduced. Not only does it avoid landfills and incineration, but the resulting compost returns organic matter to the soil. If packaging waste can be integrated into organic waste systems and used as compost for the next generation of plants, then the waste is recyclable and usable for the market, not only as "trash" but also as economically valuable.

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If you are interested in our compostable tableware, please contact us for more information.Hyde Group was set up in 2011 and located in HeFei City, AnHui Province ,China. We professionally supply disposable Paper Packing products & Biodegradable Tableware such as Paper Cup, Soup Cup, Food Box, Pizza Box, Paper Bag, Knife, Fork, Spoon, Plate, Bowl, Tray, Straw, Coffee Stick, etc.“Eco-Friendly & Health”was our principle and “Customized Production & Prompt Delivery”was our advantage.Looking forward to building in one long-term & win-win business relationship with those friends from around the world.

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