WHAT DOES SOIL HAVE TO DO WITH DISPOSABLE TABLEWARE?
We have all heard about being eco-friendly and using compostable products . Should we go compostable? And what does soil have to do with using disposable tableware?
Any disposable tableware that can be composted will reduce waste, lower greenhouse gas emissions and create job. But at the end of the day, it’s really about one thing: our soil. And herein lies our future too. Countless organisms depend on healthy soil, including us, We can’t grow our food without fertile soil.
However, during composting, plastic disposable tableware doesn’t break down and with disastrous effects. Learn more about how even tiny plastics in compost can cause big problems at http://www.ecocycle.org/specialreports/microplasticsincompost).
But don’t go away. Here’s a quick guide on how to prevent plastic pollution.
Being ignorant is not an excuse
No doubt there is insufficient research on the effects of plastic pollution on our soil. But we have seen enough to know it’s not good by looking at the detrimental effects of plastic even tiny particles, on our oceans and the fact that it is very hard to find effective solutions.
We need to act now to prevent plastic pollution and not wait until our soil is invaded by plastic fragments - soil that will be useless for our survival.
What can we do? – Here’s a quick guide:
- Keep plastic and plastic-coated disposables out of our compost bins and programs. ( Note: Most coffee cups, take-out boxes, milk or juice cartons and paper plates have a layer of plastic and shouldn’t be composted unless certified compostable)
- Buy and compost only disposables tableware that is certified compostable.Any product with this label can be composted and is safe for our soil. The BPI label represents a scientific testing process that ensures these products will safely break down in a commercial composting facility.
- Choose products that has PLA . PLA stands for poly-lactic acid and means the plastic is made from corn and not from petroleum.
Element products which are biodegrable and compostable disposable tableware are a good alternative.