The Importance of Compostables
Going green is becoming a new and trendy topic and exciting products have been introduced to meet this demand. EnviroTakeout has a wide selection of compostable cutlery, tableware, takeout containers, cups, and more to suit a variety of establishments. But why are compostables so important? Keep reading to find out more about how compostable products work, and why they are becoming increasingly popular in today’s society.
If a product is compostable it is made up of organic matter that can decompose in a commercial composting facility. Compostable products break down into water and an organic material that is often referred to as biomass. This biomass is what can return to the soil to provide nutrients to grow more renewable resources such as bagasse and bamboo that are naturally replaced by the environment. In nature, the process of composting is time-consuming so commercial composting facilities help speed up the process. Some products can take as little as 30 days to fully compost in these facilities.
You’ll see that many of our products are described as BPI certified compostable and ASTM compliant. BPI certified compostable products have been certified after testing by the Biodegradable Products Institute. While the certification does not cover backyard composting, these products can be processed in commercial composting facilities. You can check with your waste management services to see if one exists in your area. The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) helps determine whether plastic products that are designed to be compostable can be composted in municipal or industrial facilities.
So what is the benefit of using products that can undergo the composting process? On top of contributing to the soil and growth of renewable resources for other products such as takeout containers and plates, compostable products ensure less waste ends up in landfills, and require less energy to manufacture than non-compostable alternatives.
Many municipalities and cities in the United States have already begun implementing bans on plastic products such as bags, cutlery, and other takeout or disposable products. Choosing products that can help give back to the environment as opposed to filling waterways and landfills is a great first step towards making businesses eco-conscious. Plus, it ensures that businesses are complying with their local and state laws.
It looks like compostable products made from renewable resources will be the future. Help set the trend and choose compostable products today.