Looking to learn more about whether or not EarthChoice compostable products are actually compostable? Check out this blog post to get all the details.
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What is composting?
Composting is a natural process that breaks down organic matter, such as food scraps and yard waste, into a rich soil amendment. The process is simple: microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and earthworms) break down the organic matter into basic nutrients that can be used by plants to grow.
To speed up the composting process, you can add aeration (air) and moisture to your pile or bin. You can also turn or stir the material occasionally to help aerate it.
Aerobic (with air) decomposition occurs when there is a good balance of air and moisture in the composting mixture. Anaerobic (without air) decomposition occurs when there is too much moisture or not enough air. This process is slower and can create odors.
The type of compostable material you add to your bin will affect the composting process. For example, adding more yard waste than food scraps will result in a faster composting process because yard waste breaks down more quickly than food scraps.
What is EarthChoice Compostable?
EarthChoice Compostable is a product that is made from cornstarch and other compostable materials. It is designed to break down in a commercial composting facility, and it will not break down in your home compost bin. EarthChoice Compostable products are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute, and they meet the ASTM D6400 standard for compostability.
How does EarthChoice Compostable work?
In order for something to be considered compostable, it must be able to break down and decompose into natural elements within a specific time frame and under specific composting conditions. This usually includes a combination of warmth, moisture, and air. Commercially compostable items are those that will break down within a timeframe of 60-90 days in an industrial composting facility.
EarthChoice Compostable is made with a patented technology that allows it to break down under a wider range of conditions, including both commercial and home composting. Our product will completely break down into natural elements within 60-90 days in an industrial composting facility, and within 180 days when composted at home.
When disposing of our products in your backyard composter or wormery, please ensure that you follow the recommended mix ratio of 50% green waste to 50% brown waste. Green waste includes items such as vegetable peelings and egg shells, while brown waste includes things like cardboard and dry leaves. Maintaining this balance ensures that your compost heap has the correct mix of carbon and nitrogen, which helps sped up the decomposition process.
What are the benefits of using EarthChoice Compostable?
EarthChoice Compostable is an alternative to traditional plastic that is made from renewable resources and is designed to break down in a commercial composting facility.
Traditional plastic is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource, and can take up to 1,000 years to break down in the environment. In contrast, EarthChoice Compostable plastic is made from corn starch, a renewable resource, and will break down in as little as 12 weeks in a commercial composting facility.
Moreover, traditional plastic often ends up in landfills where it takes up valuable space and can release harmful chemicals into the groundwater. EarthChoice Compostable plastic, on the other hand, will safely return nutrients back to the soil once it has broken down in a commercial composting facility.
Overall, choosing EarthChoice Compostable over traditional plastic is a more sustainable choice for the environment.