Alternative Plastic

What is biodegradable?

Biodegradable products are those that can be consumed by living microorganisms like fungi or bacteria. This helps to break them down into compounds that are found in nature.

A biodegradable product will eventually break down into a few organic materials under the right conditions. This could include a product like a plastic-lined paper coffee cup. While the paper will break down, and eventually the plastic, there is still microplastic waste left behind.

What is compostable?

Compostable is used to describe a product that can disintegrate into non-toxic, natural elements. It also does so at a rate consistent with similar organic materials. Compostable products require microorganisms, humidity, and heat to yield a finished compost product (CO2, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass).

The European standard EN 13432 defines the characteristics that a material must possess in order to be defined as compostable in an industrial composting plant.

Difference between compostable and biodegradable?

The main difference between the two is that biodegradable materials can take an undetermined time to break down. Compostable materials will decompose into natural elements within a specific time frame. However, it will require certain conditions like those found in industrial composting facilities to do so.

PLA and CPLA mean?

PLA stands for Polylactic Acid. It is a biodegradable plastic derived from renewable starch resources such as corn or sugarcane. CPLA is a crystallized PLA that is stronger and withstands higher temperatures. Both PLA and CPLA are sustainably produced and 100% biodegradable and compostable.

Date :2022-11-23
3 months ago

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