Biodegradable Eco-Trait

The Biodegradable Eco-Trait applies to an array of our eco-friendly products, spanning from bamboo cookware to shampoos and sunscreens that can decompose through erosive biotic means.

The term biodegradable is a buzzword that has gained some broad reaching, and sometimes misleading, connotations associated with composting. Compost is a nutrient heavy material, akin to dirt, consisting of broken down organic matter such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, fibers and/or excrement. Biodegradable often refers to substances, whether organic matter or otherwise, that are able to be broken down through biotic means. While the de facto definition requires some type of biological medium to decompose a particular substance, “biodegradable” is also commonly used in reference to the breakdown of matter such as aluminum, soaps and plastics.

Some biodegradable materials may turn into compost (i.e. broken down biomass), however the end result of biodegradation does not always yield soil. As such the Biodegradable Eco-Trait is a search metric designed to help shoppers find goods that can biodegrade or potentially become compost.

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