Biodegradable products such as food waste, fabric, wood, and paper are items that can be consumed or decomposed by microorganisms or other natural biological processes. This is different from compostable, which calls for items to be broken down under composting conditions. The breakdown of biodegradable items is enhanced by exposure to elements such as moisture and air. Without exposure to such elements, the breakdown slows and methane gas is released. There are many benefits to using biodegradable products. Here are a few:
Biodegradable products can be broken down into nontoxic components that do not cause unhealthy chemicals to be released into water or gasses that pollute the air. Plastic that is biodegradable produces 68% less greenhouse gasses than other plastic products.
Less Energy Usage
The natural breakdown of biodegradable products into the earth reduces the amount of energy needed to recycle them. The result is faster and more efficient production. Further the production stage is significantly shorter than if regular plastic were being produced. Twice as many biodegradable items can be made with the same amount of energy used to make items that are not biodegradable.
Biodegradable products such as food/agricultural wastes and paper products composting with biodegradable plastics turns trash into organic compounds that can be beneficial to water. Such compounds can also aid in growing healthy plants and with nutrient retention. There will be less of a need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Living green and buying natural and eco-friendly products is a trend that has been growing for some time. There is a large population that puts much effort into only purchasing items that are biodegradable including the packaging. Businesses that use such products have the potential to boost sales and increase customers by attracting customers dedicated to protecting the environment.
Jutemill is proud to offer many biodegradable items. We understand the importance of doing our part to conserve the earth. Visit our stores on Amazon and Etsy and check out our eco-friendly selection.