Recyclable, Compostable & Biodegradable- Including A How to Compost Guide

Recyclable, Compostable & Biodegradable- Including A How to Compost Guide

It is important to ensure that our self care isn’t costing the Earth more packaging and unnecessary items that end up in our landfills. All of our packaging at Nur Organics is either: Compostable, biodegradable, plantable, made from recycled materials and/or recyclable. 

So you can be rest assured that after you enjoy your clean, green, self care routine, you are also feeding the worms and bees. It’s one of the ways we are reducing our carbon footprint and making a positive impact on our eco system. 

So what are all of these green terms? Let’s define each first and then let’s learn how to compost your Nur Organics products after use

 

Recycled packaging 

Some of our materials are made from recycled packaging, this means that the paper, glass, etc. is recycled instead of using new materials which means reaping the Earth from its limited resources, just to do it again and again. Instead these materials are recycled and made into “new” versions. Which leads us to our next term, Recyclable. 

Recyclable

Because our products and packaging items are made from recycled materials, this means that they can once again be recycled to continue the sustainable cycle. The following Nur Organics products are both made from recycled materials and are recyclable:

- Our candle tins

- Essential oil roller bottles

- Plastic free lip balm tubes (these are also compostable)

- Packing paper materials

- Product labels, made from recycled vinyl

Please ensure to place these items in the Recycling bin after use. 

Degradable

Let’s firstly talk about the term “degradable”. Some businesses use this label in order to appear to be environmentally friendly and more than anything this is a deceiving term to attract Earth conscious buyers. 

Degradable means that a product and/or materials will break down. However these materials break down because they have been coated with chemicals that will cause them degrade once they are placed in the landfill.

These broken down bits of chemical laden materials are newly introduced toxins in landfill, so the materials are not introduced back into the earth and degraded by living organisms and bacteria, like biodegradable items are. Instead these degraded pieces leave behind micro plastics and other particles that can contaminate the soil. This marketing term is no more than a deceptive gimmick, which does more harm than good. 

What does biodegradable mean? Is it the same as degradable? 

Biodegradable  

Now that we know what degradable means, we can understand the term Biodegradable, to be goods and materials that can be broken down in the soil by the help of living organisms and bacteria.

The difference with biodegradable items is that decomposed fully, they theoretically don’t leave behind toxins, micro plastics and other harmful particles. So this means they are organically decomposed and returned to the Earth. 

There is of course a caveat to this, most biodegradable items end up in recycling which causes contamination in the recycling process, as they need the bio organisms to truly decompose.   

So what can we do instead? We at Nur Organics use biodegrade materials that are also certified compostable. 

The following items are biodegrade (and compostable):

— Our packing hex wrap that we use to pack your orders 

— Mailer bags that we use to ship your orders

— Our tissue paper that we use when packing your orders 

Compostable

Compostable items refers to materials than can be broken down fully and they also become nutritious food for the earth. This in turn makes them nutrient rich soil that can be used to fertilize plants in the garden. Making compostable items the most eco friendly solution for giving back to the Earth. 

There are many different forms of composting including but not limited to: bacteria, fungi, worms, insects and other bio organisms that work simultaneously to transform the compost waste into garden goodness. 

Home composting is a great option as apposed to industrial composting, in which you have to send your compostables to larger facilities. There are many available which are portable and look great too. Gone are the days of complicated worm farms. For those of us who live in apartments or small living, there are many counter-top composers available. A wonderful option for those of us who enjoy a sense of living in a green community is compost sharing options like Share Waste

I hear you asking, can you put your biodegradable items in the compost? The short answer is no. Compostable products technically are biodegradable, but not all biodegradable items are compostable, unless it’s labeled so. We have taken the guesswork out for you at Nur Organics as our products are labeled as compostable and biodegradable. 

How to Compost

For a comprehensive guide on how to compost, more than we can cover in this blog post, The Eco Guide has a great step be step guide, including charts, for the “lazy composter”.

And there you have it, you now know the difference between compostable and biodegradable and all the green in between. And don’t forget the most important term, Plantable. Our affirmation cards and soap labels are plantable, to encourage more bees which are much needed in our ecosystem. Find out how to plant yours, Here

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