Recycling is cool. Reusing is pretty sweet. But composting? Next level.
What is Home Compostable?
So what does "compostable" actually mean?
Turns out, there are some key details in the fine print. As exciting as widespread sustainability measures can be, they can actually be more harmful than helpful. Womp.
A lot of us are familiar with the backyard bin of food scraps, or for you city dwellers, the countertop tub for rinds, peels, and cores (I prefer the freezer for my scraps, personally.) What companies don't tell you is that "compostable" containers don't always belong here.
Unless a material is explicitly labeled as home compostable, you actually don't want to put it into your compost because:
- Industrially compostable materials only breaks down at temperatures over 136°F. Unfortunately, access to industrial compost is limited at best.
- It can cause contamination within your own compost.
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