Feeling a little bit confused about the difference between compostable and biodegadable? Don't worry, you're not the only one! Both words get used quite frequently in the sustainability world, but they are quite different! Let's set the record straight...
While all compostable material is also biodegradable, not all biodegradable material is compostable
Compostable materials are broken down with human intervention, while biodegradable materials break down naturally
Compostable materials break down quickly and within a specified timeframe, while biodegradable materials are not held to a specific timeframe and could take years (like steel products which will eventually rust)
Both processes should not cause any harm to the environment, while composting is known to also be beneficial to soil
Many companies may use these terms to "greenwash" their products and make them appear more eco-friendly than they actually are