BioBag World Australia Director Scott Morton had a chat with MiNDFOOD Magazine about how the word ‘biodegradable’ doesn’t mean anything because everything is biodegradable eventually.
See the story here: MiNDFOOD Interview with BioBag Director Scott Morton and on their website.
Legislation in the USA forbids the term ‘biodegradable’ to appear on any product unless that product is shown to break down into elements in nature within five years. In Australia, we allow companies to use the term ‘Bio’ without proof.
Bags made of plastic are being labelled ‘biodegradable’ which misleads us to think they’re made from natural materials but this isn’t always the case. To be truly biodegradable, a bag must tick these boxes:
✅ It must leave no toxic residues or traces of plastic behind.
✅ It must be capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution.
✅ It will break down into organic matter anywhere microorganisms are present, including on land and in the water.
Learn more about the difference between ‘degradable’, ‘biodegradable’ and ‘compostable’ here on our blog.