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What about Biodegradable?

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Often times, products labeled biodegradable or compostable are misleading. In the state of California, strict laws regulate the marketing and labeling of degradable plastic products sold, including those claimed to be “compostable” or “biodegradable.”

Most biodegradable and compostable packaging options need very specific environments in order to break down. While they look similar to plastic, they usually are not recyclable and cannot be reused in the waste steam. The materials that are currently available for biodegradable material, such as PLA, may also not perform in terms of protecting against moisture and terpene loss. 

In order for a product to be considered biodegradable, products need to be tested with ASTM protocols and criteria.

ASTM 6400 tests for commercial composts and must show breakdown within 180 days and no harm to the surrounding ecosystem. ASTM D5526 tests for plastic materials that will degrade with anaerobic biodegradation under accelerated landfill conditions.

We’re always on the lookout for the next great sustainable package and will continue testing materials as they become available.

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