Biodegradable Vs. Compostable - What You Need To Look Out For

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Biodegradable Vs. Compostable - What You Need To Look Out For

Within the industry of eco-friendly packaging there is an abundance of complex information which can be confusing for business owners.

In regards to food packaging, we’d like to highlight some key differences that can often affect the real benefit to the environment that the product can have.


At Green Man Packaging we supply only certified compostable packaging, which is not only intended to be returned to the earth safely, but also provides nutrients once the material has completely broken down. The term “compostable” refers to a material than can break down in under 12 weeks.

Isn’t Biodegradable enough?

The term “biodegradable” can often be a mis-leading term as it doesn’t specify anything about the timescale required to break down the material. Consider this, wood is a biodegradable material, but a log cabin can stand for generations.

Takeaway thought: By ensuring your disposables supplier has compostability certification for the products you’re purchasing, you can guarantee the products are of benefit to the environment. Rest assured all the products we supply have a recognised compostability certification.

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