There is a lot of green washing and it can be confusing to buy something that is completely what they claim and we like to consider ourselves pretty knowledgeable on the subject and yet we still come across terms that confuse us and we have to research so we figured we would tell you about our certification and what some of these terms you come across mean.
Let's start with the naughty ones.
Biodegradable - ( with the exception of Australia and France that have a real standard) is something that will break down in under 1000 years to break down and by this definition , very few things aren't biodegradable and there is no guarantee as to the damage it will do to the environment when it breaks down, so it really doesn't mean anything as the only things we could think of that aren't biodegradable is glass, silicone and plutonium rods.
We do want to add that some biodegradable products are good for the environment but in most cases the ambiguity about the term is abused to imply it has some environmental benefits.
OXO Biodegradable - These are products made of materials with added metals salts and cobalt to speed up degradation when added to landfill but the problem is that their are two camps when it comes to OXO products , the one camp that says it works and one that doesn't , our view is it's the better of the two poor options but it is still a poor option compared to the compostable option.
The room to improve options.
We only supply products that have an environmental benefit so our products fit into two material types.
Recyclable - About 10% of our products are recyclable and that is because there is limitations ( although new bio materials are being tested as we speak) here is a problem in our waste collection ( this is something we will discuss in our blog as it's a biggie) so some of products are recyclable ( these are clearly marked in the recyclable category as there is a need for them.
So are recyclables an issue?.
Only if they aren't recycled which has been a problem in the UK and there is limits as some products such as papers can only be recycled a limited number of times and others like aluminium that can be recycled over and over again , it's why we don't have a compostable can or bottle ,why change something that is great at what it does.
What recycled products we do supply are designed to be easily recycled and are made from recycled materials, so they do offer a number of environmental benefits.
The room to improve options.
Compostable - Currently 90% of our products are compostable as research shows that compostable is the best way to make single use materials as it's made from plants and can be composted to grow plants so it's completely circular and great for the planet, as it adds back to the soil it disposed of.
In some parts of the world compost is used to eliminate the risk of flooding ( compost holds 2.5 times more water than normal soil).
Compost can eliminate the need for chemical fertilisers which is better for the whole eco system and it's nature way of re-balancing.what we take out with what we put back.