The composting process involves organic matter being broken down by bacteria into simpler and healthier compounds.
No, compostable products are not recyclable.
Compostable products should be sent to an industrial or commercial composting facility where they can be broken down.
One way is to go to Find a Composter website. Or you can contact your local waste management service.
Compostable goods are organic matter which breaks down into simpler, healthier, and nutrient compounds. On the other hand, Biodegradable goods refer to any material that breaks down in the environment.
PLA (polylactic acid) is obtained from renewable and natural resources made from any sugar such as corn, cassava, sugar beets, and sugarcane. PLA is attractive recently because it is an entirely biodegradable material that leaves no trace on landfill sites. PLA is a biodegradable polymer, meaning that PLA products will break down without the need for landfill space when composted at the end of their life. PLA also has a lower carbon footprint than traditional plastics made with oil, resulting in a 75% reduction in greenhouse gasses emissions and a 50% reduction in non-renewable energy usage during manufacturing PLA compared to other polymers.
PLA-based products can withstand temperatures of up to 120°C. This attribute makes PLA food containers ideal for cold foods and liquids.
Paper cups and bowls that are lined with PLA can withstand temperatures of up 220°F.
Sugarcane products are byproducts used in place of paper, plastic, or other unsustainable materials. Sugarcane products can hold liquids well and are grease and cut resistant; however, they may lose strength when exposed to hot fluids or foods.