GREEN HOME’s food packaging is classified as green waste and is compostable together with other food waste. In a composting environment, all our products will break down (biodegrade) into their natural components of water, CO2 and plant matter.
Degradable, Biodegradable & Compostable – What’s the Difference
Degradable: The ability to break up into smaller pieces. Degradable packaging products will not break down into their natural organic components, just smaller pieces of the original product. Microplastics are an example of this.
Biodegradable: The ability to be broken down by biological (or living) means, via the action of naturally occuring microbes and maybe some insects. (The prefix ‘bio’ means ‘relating to life’.) Biodegradable products will break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass. Green waste is biodegradable.
Compostable: Compostable products will biodegrade in a composting environment within no more than 6 months (but usually quite a bit less). International compostablility standards also ensure that compostable products will break down into harmless soil that is healthy for plants. Green waste is compostable”
How long does it take to compost?
Different products will break down at different rates depending on what they’re made of and what kind of composting conditions they’re in. There are many factors, including how wet or dry the compost pile is, what’s in the mix, how big it is and how often it’s turned to oxygenate it. The weather can also make a difference.
That said, 2 weeks to 4 months is a good average for how long products will take to break down, if conditions are decent.
What is an industrial compost facility?
Industrial compost facilities practice composting on a large scale. While both home and industrial composters seek to speed up the rate of bio-degradation by creating controlled optimum conditions, industrial facilities tend to have much bigger piles which increases the amount of microbes (bacteria and fungi) and speeds up bio-degradation. Industrial composters also often use machinery to shred organic waste and to turn the piles, which further speeds up the composting time.