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Packaging Glossary

What is the difference between biodegradable and compostable?

Biodegradable vs Compostable

What does biodegradable mean?

Biodegradable packaging decomposes in the presence of microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, and sunlight over a period of time that is not fixed. Biodegradable material may leave some toxic elements in the soil. Anything plant-based, animal-based or natural-mineral based is usually considered biodegradable. Paper, cardboard and some types of plastic are considered biodegradable.

What does compostable mean?

Compostable packaging decomposes under the same conditions usually within a period of 90 days. Compostable waste is rich in nutrients and leaves no toxic elements, making it a great fertiliser. Paper, natural fabrics and wood is completely compostable.

Decomposition time for Common Materials