What is biodegradable bags?

what is biodegradable bags

With the increasing environmental awareness of consumers, the demand for sustainable products is increasing. The most obvious one is environmentally friendly degradable bags. All countries are constantly introducing regulations that require people to use environmentally friendly and degradable plastic bags.

Biodegradable plastics can be converted into water, carbon dioxide (CO2), and bio-mass over time with the help of micro-organisms — this process is called biodegradation. And because the biodegradability of plastic lies with the chemical properties of the polymer —and not the source of the feedstock— biodegradable plastics can be either bio- or petroleum-based.

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Product category:

  1. Non-biodegradable and fully or partially bio-based
  2. Biodegradable and petroleum-based
  3. Both biodegradable and fully or partially bio-based


Note:

Usually, the length of the biodegradation process is highly dependent on environmental parameters such as humidity and temperature, which is why claiming that plastic is “biodegradable” without any further context (i.e., in what timeframe and under what environmental conditions) is misleading to consumers.

So, the consumer should understand the importance of clearly and accurately labeling
plastic products.

Not only will transparency allow consumers to make smarter purchasing decisions, but it will ensure bioplastics are disposed of through the proper channels. Ultimately, better end-of-life disposal of bioplastics strengthens their environmental value proposition of diverting organic waste from landfills, reducing greenhouse emissions, and ensuring the sustainable consumption
of resources.