DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BIODEGRADABLE, COMPOSTABLE AND RECYCLABLE
A biodegradable product is a product that can be broken down into natural chemical elements by the action of biological agents, such as the sun, water, bacteria, plants or animals. That which is biodegradable, therefore, is degraded in natural environmental conditions through a biological organism. Degradation assumes that the substance in question breaks down into the different chemical elements that formed it.
A compostable product is one that degrades biologically producing carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass at the same rate as the rest of the organic matter that is being composted with it, leaving no visible or distinguishable toxic residues. It is a product that has the organic capacity to transform into compost, material obtained from different elements of organic origin, which are subjected to a controlled biological oxidation process called composting and that result in a substance rich in natural nutrients for ground.
A recyclable product is one that can be converted into new products or raw material through a process of transformation or use so that it can be used again.
THE COMPOSTATION PROCESS!
Our compostable tableware is made from sugarcane bagasse. Once the sugar is extracted from the cane, the remaining material is treated for later use in the manufacture of plates, bowls, containers, etc. After being molded and waterproofed (which makes it water and oil resistant), this tableware is ready to be used at parties, events, restaurants and take away. When we no longer need it, it must be discarded together with organic waste for later transfer to a composting plant, where it will be mixed with soil and will be subjected to the appropriate conditions of humidity, temperature and oxygen to accelerate its decomposition through the activity of microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria. From this process the humus or organic fertilizer is obtained, which is a natural fertilizer used in new plantations. Thus, everything that is done with the sugarcane bagasse returns to the ground and again to the sugarcane or other plant resources, without contaminating.
Every time we receive more information about plastic at sea, we listen to it on the radio, we see thousands of videos on YouTube and even the news is almost daily. But we are not really aware of it until we are swimming on a beach in Malaga, or Valencia, or Cádiz and we begin to count the plastic bags, bottles and containers that surround us in the few meters where our sight can reach. Have you ever counted them? We invite you to do it, if not on a beach, at least 5 minutes walking your dog or going to work, wherever you are, plastics always have a place to appear: stopples, drums, bottles, snack bags, ice cream spoons, coffee removers, dessert tubs. From the wrapping of a candy, to the film to pack a pallet. All plastic.
And if you're wondering if there is a solution or if you can help reduce the amount of plastic around you, the answer is yes. While the definitive solution to the problem of plastics in the seas is complex and depends on the coordination and commitment of both governments and ordinary people, all small actions add up. Think if not to take your own bag to the greengrocer, and instead of taking a bag for tomatoes, one for potatoes, one for lemons and one for avocado, you can put them all together in your cloth bag or any other that you have, even the plastic one you have stored there (we all have one, it is very difficult to get rid of them). The greengrocer will weigh it separately and that's it. And when you return home, imagine those bags that you have NOT consumed, floating in the sea. They won't be there thanks to you.
And the bottles? As we can not take our bottle to the supermarket and ask to be refilled, whenever you can choose a glass bottle, unlike plastic it is 100% recyclable as many times as you want without losing quality, even to package food again, and if it ends in the sea it is usually eroded without releasing toxic substances until it becomes something similar to a stone, without the risk of the fish eating it.
The same goes for many other products, which are usually packaged in plastic. If you look closely, you will surely find a greener option in its packaging, sometimes it takes a little longer, sometimes you will have to move a little further, but the alternatives are starting to emerge and will continue to increase whenever companies notice that we are more selective and more careful when choosing what we buy.
We offer some alternatives to disposable plastic products, such as paper straws, compostable bags or sugar cane dishes. But there are many more, just be careful. The environment is everyone's responsibility, let's take care of it.