End of Life: Compostable Bags

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We all want to help our planet and do what is best. People have changed their lifestyle into a more conscious way of living. When you do so, you come across "compostable" items. The question then arrives: What is the difference between compostable and biodegradable? Biodegradable is a material which has the capability of degrading and creating CO2, H2O, methane, biomass, and mineral salts. But all of this occurs depending on the environmental conditions. All things are biodegradable at one point which gives this term very little meaning. Compostable is a process in which organic waste is broken down by microbial digestion which creates compost. Compost is extremely good due to its power to improve and fertilize soil. With the right level of heat, water, and oxygen this composting process is successful. In order to declare an item as compostable, it needs to pass the US Standard ASTM D6400 and/or the European Norm EN 13432. These tests see if an item can successfully decompose all while leaving no harmful residue. You should dispose of these items at a composting recycling program. Please do not recycle these items as they can contaminate the other items. If you cannot find one, you can always go to a composting facility.

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