Composting is a natural process of creating a soil fertilizer from decaying organic substances. This composting occurs when organic waste material gets broken down by micro-organisms in the presence of oxygen. The compost produced is a dark brown crumbling soil like substance which is a natural fertilizer. So, what are the advantages of composting? First, composting reduces the amount of organic waste in our landfills. This organic waste produces potent greenhouse gases Such as methane if the waste is not properly disposed. Second, using compost as a natural fertilizer replaces harmful chemical fertilizers which contributes to a cleaner safer environment.
Single use plastics such as drinking straws, plastic lined coffee cups/lids and plastic cutlery or utensils are causing huge environmental and ecological damage. And this is where bio-plastics come into play. Bio-plastics Have been around for over a 100 years and have been mass produced for the last 50 years. Bio-plastics are as the name suggests biological-based plastics made from natural biodegradable materials. Each year we produce over 300 million tons of plastic waste and yet less than 1% of the market share is bio-plastics. It is up to us as consumers to make small personal changes which collectively contribute to positive environmental change.
In 2020 the overall market-share of biodegradable and compostable coffee cups is under 3% of the global market. Recently released figures also show that over 20,000,000 trees get cut down every year to produce disposable paper cups. With this in mind, I would always recommend using a reusable cup for the lowest achievable environmental footprint. However, there are also some wonderful compostable or biodegradable single use alternatives on the market. They make these compostable or biodegradable cups from plant-based materials like TPS (Potato Thermoplastic Starch). This TPS is essentially the largest mass-produced biodegradable plastic in the world. They make TPS from biopolymers, these biopolymers are made from corn, sugar beet, sugar cane, cassava and bamboo.
These compostable and biodegradable coffee cups are a step in the right direction by reducing personal waste and progressing towards environmentally friendly renewable resources. Replace your single use coffee cups with compossible or biodegradable alternatives click here.
Have a compostable plate for your lunch or the next time you plan a panic. These nine-inch plates are made of 100% sugarcane fiber, a sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable material. A great alternative to traditional paper or plastic, the same sturdy function and easy cleanup, yet it’s completely tree and plastic-free.
These 100% Compostable utensil sets are made from renewable plant based resources which make them sustainable. Designed to be recycled in an industrial composting facility; the cutlery in these sets can simply be mixed together with your food scraps and sent to your local composting facility. Compostable forks, spoons and knives are BPA free! There are no toxic chemicals and no risk of splinters from wooden cutlery. They’re safe for your entire family to use.
The current disposal of single use plastics is causing a huge negative environmental impact. The solution to this is for everybody to make small personal changes to reduce their carbon footprint. Compostable and biodegradable cups plates and utensils are an impressive way to reduce your own personal waste. These natural alternatives pair of E equal high-quality to their plastic counterparts but there 100% more environmentally friendly. If you have any further tips or tricks related to this article, please leave a comment below, anything that helps.