Biodegradable VS compostable poop bags.
In this article, we are going to see the difference between compostable and biodegradable poop bags.
That something is biodegradable means that it will be broken down as it happens in nature by certain organisms such as bacteria. But each item will take more or less time to disintegrate depending on its level of biodegradability.
Plastics and products made from biodegradable plastics continue to take a long time to decompose completely. Many of them do it in microplastics that cannot yet be “destroyed” by microorganisms. Everything is biodegradable, simply that some things take days, other months, and some, like those plastic rings of can packs, take hundreds of years to decompose.
The key would be to say that all compostable plastics are biodegradable, but not all biodegradable plastics have to be compostable.
In contrast, the compostability of plastic is an established parameter. Most compostable plastics are manufactured to be decomposed in industrial composting plants. This means that they will be decomposed under specific conditions of temperature, oxygen, etc.
For something to be compostable at home (to make your compost) you should follow indications:
EN 13432. OK HOME COMPOST stamp
Different brands selling compostable poop bags that I can recommend are the following
- Pack of 270 bags without smell or smell of lavender. They are biodegradable: https://amzn.to/39feT9N
- Pack of 60 bags. The super positive of these is that they are compostable. They have the OK Home Compost seal and the indication EN 13432. : ecovanstore.com.
- Pack of 18 rolls with 270 bags The Sustainable People: they are compostable with the OK Home Compost seal and with the indication EN 13432.
For those of you who live in Berlin, I am a fan of these, they are fully compostable and you can buy them through a small German company Bandandroll. The box contains 8 rolls with 120 bags: compostable bags from The Sustainable People. For orders over 50€, they can ship anywhere in the world. They also have the OK Home Compost seal as well as EN 13432. Consult the OK Home Compost certificate. They also have organic garbage bags for those who also recycle at home.