Compostable Products: Industry Initiatives & Optimal Choices

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Making informed composting decisions requires insight into how compostable products are made. In Are Compostable Products the Best Choice? , we looked at the different types of composting and the key challenges associated with compostable packaging and food service ware (FSW). Let’s look at how are these issues being addressed by producers, the labeling you can use to identify safe composting choices, and what is best for the environment. Streamlining Certification and Testing Standards Industry, governments, and NGOs have tried to standardize the definitions and certification of compostable packaging and products. But their competing approaches can make your choices more complicated. The Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) provides industrial composting facilities a reliable standard for compostable FSW and packaging. They perform field testing to ensure that products sent to industrial compost facilities adequately break down within a standard composting cycle. Their website is a great resource to search for accepted products by compost facility, product type, usage, material type, or brands. Another widely recognized certification in North America is from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), an association of government, industry, and academics that promotes the use and recovery of biodegradable polymers, such as bioplastic. Products bearing the BPI-certified compostable label […]

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