A lot of products these days are claiming to be recyclable, biodegradable, made from recycled materials, etc. How do you know which products are best for the environment? What do these terms even mean? Today, we will clarify what it means for a product or material to be biodegradable. Are the biodegradable shopping bags really doing the trick?
What does it mean for a material to be biodegradable? An item that is biodegradable is a product or material made from an eco friendly material that decompresses in landfills or other environments such as roadsides as people litter.
Now, what actually makes materials biodegradable? The first way items can be biodegradable depends on their source. Natural materials are biodegradable because they come directly from plants or other natural fibers. Plants produce s large majority of the natural fibers. These kinds of materials are made from cotton, which is the largest plant fiber. Jute is the second largest plant fiber in manufacturing material. Animals also produce natural fibers. Materials like wool from sheep and alpaca fibers will decompose naturally because they are not fabricated. The fibers are woven into a fabric, but it is the fiber that is biodegradable.
Some plastics are also biodegradable. These materials are manufactures with a chemical base that causes a more rapid breakdown. Traditional plastics will break down in landfills, but it will take years upon years to see any results. However, it will take only a few months to a few years for most biodegradable plastics to decompose fully.
There are many ways to degrade materials. For example, in the landfills, microorganisms are actually “eating” the materials. They are being broken down by enzymes, and the rate of this process depends the heat present and the amount of oxygen available.
The material itself is the biggest part in deciding how long it takes for the biodegradable process to complete itself. For an example, Wikipedia provides a list of biodegradable products. Banana peels take only 2-10 days where orange peels take about 1 month. Paper can take 2-5 months, and plastic bags take 10-20 years. The winners of the longest biodegradation process are diapers and aluminium cans: 200-500 years. After looking at a lot of these long degradation processes, it is a relief to see that cotton only takes 1-5 months and wool takes about 1-5 years. The biodegradable plastic bags take about 2-3 months to decompose.
As you can see, when products that are used in bulk quantity add up, there is potential to have a lot of full landfills, which is bad for the environment. Making smart decisions about product materials will help out the environment, and in a lot of cases your waller, too. A lot of biodegradable materials are about the same and sometimes less money than the fabricated alternatives.
Support The Call For Biodegradable Cleaning Products
Biodegradable cleaners – who cares?
Environmentalists care. They’re concerned about what man is doing to the environment.
And fear that soon life on earth as we know it may cease.
Consequently, environmentalists are lobbying more and more for the use of biodegradable cleaning products.
The call has reached a crescendo.
Environmentalists insist that use of biodegradable cleaners could be enforced. They are convinced it’s the sure way to preserve our environment.
But manufacturing biodegradable cleaning products is not the customary thing with most manufacturers of cleaning products. Upgrading factories to go the new route is bound to be expensive.
The battle line is drawn. Who will win this battle?
But wait. Why should you care?
Why should you care whether environmentalists win or the manufacturers win?
The simple reason is this… you will suffer the after effects of the pollution caused by the use of non-biodegradable cleaning products.
And it’s not just you. It’s you and your children and your grandchildren… plus generations yet unborn.
Why is that so?
Well, you know that detergents are made of chemical compounds. The bad news is that not all of these compounds in detergents get return to their original state. This type of detergents or cleaners are said to be non-biodegradable.
On the other hand, biodegradable cleaners have their chemicals broken down by natural biological action of micro-organisms. And therefore return to their original state after use.
This means that biodegradable cleaning products do not pollute the environment while non-biodegradable products do.
Want to safeguard the environment for yourself and generations yet unborn?
Support the call for migration to biodegradable cleaners.
Manufacturer’s resistance to change due to high initial cost of migration is no excuse to destroy our lives with our own hand.
Non-biodegradable products eventually destroy our cherished environment and make us prone to unimaginable array of diseases.
Insist on using only biodegradable cleaners.
As more and more people migrate to using biodegradable cleaning products, companies who fail to migrate will be left behind. They will lose their customer… and money too.
Faced with declining profitability, they will be compelled to change.
We can force this change. We can compel companies to pay more attention to the environment… and to our collective health and well-being.
How? Support the voice of wisdom.