The difference between compostable and biodegradable

What is the difference between compostable and biodegradable?

Be cautious with greenwashing and marketing terms! While all compostable items are biodegradable, not all biodegradable items are compostable.

Biodegradable simply means that an item will break down in nature eventually. However, this term is misleading because a biodegradable item could break down in 6 months or in hundred years.

Compostable items must break down in a single composting cycle. The outcome of the compost must be non-toxic and safe for the environment. However, remember that not all compostable items are safe for home composting, and need to be composted in industrial facilities.

Why is it important to compost?

When organic waste is sent to landfill, it will decompose without oxygen, which will produce methane, a greenhouse gas much more harmful to the planet than CO2.

In a compost pile, organic waste will decompose into CO2 because it is exposed to oxygen. At the end of the cycle, you will get a free fertilizer for your garden and plant pots to keep them looking beautiful!

Think about all the organic waste from your kitchen that you could compost!

How to compost at home? How to compost indoors?

We often get asked what is the best solution for home composting. There are many techniques, but if you live in a flat, apartment, or house without a garden to do your compost pile, we recommend trying Bokashi.

What is Bokashi composting?

Bokashi composting is a process of fermentation that converts all food waste into compost in 4 to 6 weeks only. It is more efficient than the traditional “backyard” compost pile, and you can compost ANY food scrap, including cooked food, meat, grains etc. The best part? You can do it indoor, from your kitchen, whether you live in a house or apartment.

At the end, put the compost straight into your garden or planters. Bokashi compost is teeming with garden friendly microbes which are vital for a healthy and productive soil. Your plants will love it!

Where to get a good Bokashi composter bucket?

There are many Bokashi composters out there. We have selected one that we like in our eco-brand directory, ideal for indoors composting, in small flats or apartments, with no foul smell or mosquitos. Click here to have a look.

Author: easyecotips