So, what does it mean for something to be biodegradable? If something is biodegradable, then, given the right conditions it will eventually break down to its basic components and blend back in with the earth. Ideally without leaving any toxins behind. Some things are naturally biodegradable, like food and plants, while other items can break down into harmful chemicals or gases.
However, everything we use or create can be called biodegradable because eventually everything will break down – from organic waste and wooden cutlery to plastic packaging. It’s only that some things take longer to break down than others. So, having the word ‘biodegradable’ on packaging can be quite misleading to consumers.
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