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Biodegradable vegetable disposable containers

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The word “biodegradable” refers more to the combination of materials in the product than to the use of a specific type of raw material

By definition, most chemicals are biodegradable because they can be broken down by microorganisms. But in today’s international standards, decomposition and return to nature’s cycle should be done completely in short-term time efficiency.

Terms of biodegradable vegetable disposable containers

  • Having approvals and national standards
  • Information about the decomposition time, raw materials and the environment in which the decomposition process will take place. The word “biodegradable” refers more to the combination of materials in the product than to the use of a specific type of raw material.

Pay attention to the following environmental issues and challenges:

  • Today, words such as “environmentally friendly”, “green” and “environmentally friendly” have become very popular. These words cannot even be tested with certain standards and definitions. The term “biodegradable” is another common term that refers to most products, especially plant-based disposable containers.
  • In fact, all materials are decomposed in nature. But for example, it will take 450 years to decompose a plastic water bottle. Any product that is labeled as biodegradable must state exactly how long it will take to break down in nature. This thinking will be confusing for users who don’t know exactly how much they care about the environment and how “green” the product they use is.
  • Generally, plastics are decomposed by the process of oxidation or hydrolysis. Some additives or chemicals are added to the composition of plastic materials to speed up the decomposition process. This type of decomposition is not biodegradable and belongs to the category of chemical decomposition. The main materials of these plastics are still based on petroleum materials and the rate of decomposition depends on the amount of added materials. This means that the higher the amount of additives, the faster the decomposition process will be. Green washing companies that introduce their products with the prefix “Exo” or “Hydro” often use this method to increase the credibility of their company. After burying such products, toxic wastes are produced, which cause more serious damage to the environment.
  • Products that are decomposed by sunlight are products that begin to decompose only when they are exposed to light. Like the bags called “playbags” that many magazines are mailed by today. But the possibility that these bags, which are buried several kilometers down in the garbage, will be exposed to light, is not low at all. If they are exposed to light, they are likely to break down into smaller pieces of plastic, which in turn increases the volume of microplastics in the oceans.

    How to identify biodegradable vegetable disposable containers

    What can you do as a customer to find out if the disposable vegetable containers you are looking for are truly biodegradable?

    • Pay attention to having a license to manufacture that product
    • Carefully read the signs on the packaging
    • Do research in this field to make sure you buy biodegradable plant containers.

    Bio-based disposable dishes are completely biodegradable. The health permit for the manufacture of these products has been obtained from the Food and Drug Organization after conducting numerous tests by experts. Plant-based disposable containers are made on the basis of corn starch, which are resistant to water and temperature. The residues of these products are completely non-toxic and decompose in nature after 6 months. These products are free from any harmful effects of plastic and chemical materials and can be reused up to 3 times.

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