biodegradable vs compostable
biodegradable is anything that degrades naturally, and through the action of microorganisms such as algae, fungi or bacteria. However, a complete biodegradation process can occur over a period of days or over thousands of years, and leave behind a contaminating trace of chemicals and high levels of toxicity. Plastic, for example, is a non-biodegradable material that after being discarded remains in the environment for decades without decomposing completely.Compostable products are also biodegradable, but their entire degradation process, which can range from only one to six months, is fast and highly beneficial to the environment. During the period of decomposition of these products made from plants derivatives – in the presence of optimal conditions of: temperature, humidity, oxygen and biological agents - a very nutrient and rich organic material is produced for the soil, a compost that can be used for gardening and agriculture . Composting thus provides a useful destination for organic waste, avoiding its accumulation in landfills.