Biodegradable Plastics Confuse The Public

Single use items like straws, cups, and cutlery are being labeled as ‘compostable’ — but the truth is a bit more complicated.

Single-use items that are called ‘compostable’ aren’t necessarily good for the environment. So is compostable plastic a lie?

Some of these products can actually be toxic. Some have a higher environmental impact than the non-compostable equivalent. And compostable plastic can’t be recycled.

You can’t say that all compostable packaging is good OR bad. But using them could create a whole new host of problems without solving the initial problem of ocean plastic pollution.

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