There's a lot of confusion over what is "compostable" versus "biodegradable." Here's the breakdown.
Unfortunately, some manufacturers have confused consumers by loosely misusing “compostable” and “biodegradable.” This labeling of products to seem like they harmlessly decompose is hiding the fact that they may contain toxic materials that don't fully break down in the environment.
It’s important as conscious consumers to make sure that every choice we make takes into account our impact on the world. Choosing certified compostable, plant-based products over petroleum-based products - biodegradable or not - results in less energy consumption, water use, and emission of pollution and toxins.
Different compostable materials offer different combinations of benefits and limitations. World Centric® products are made from materials that follow the cycle of life on Earth: beginning and ending as nutrient-rich soil. Our products are made from a variety of compostable materials, including:
Each of these compostable materials carries a unique set of benefits and limitations, and they all compost at different rates under different conditions.
We measure the environmental impacts of compostable products and their conventional counterparts. Choosing products that have lighter environmental footprints than their conventional counterparts is one small step toward the goal of sustainable living. We know it will take time for consumers and businesses to transition to a Zero Waste economy. Our World Centric® compostable products are one measurable step in the right direction.
The environmental footprints of different products can be measured and compared through their “eco-profiles.” These profiles include ecologically relevant information about the manufacturing of the products, including energy consumption, water consumption, carbon emissions, and pollution. An eco-profile provides only a subset of the information in a complete life-cycle analysis, which also considers the impacts of packaging, distribution, consumer use, and disposal.