7 reasons why compostable materials are the future
We are all familiar with recycling. But are you familiar with composting?
Recycling has been a great method of addressing plastic pollution in our society. It allows us to get a few more uses out of a product or material rather than simply throwing it in the bin.
The reality of recycling is that the material can only be recycled once or twice before it is of too low a quality to be recycled again.
Compostable materials create a fully circular economy for packaging and other products. Here are 7 reasons why composting is better than recycling:
1. Costs Less.
Collection and disposal costs for recycling are 7 TIMES HIGHER than those for composting (about $166 per ton for recycling vs. about $23 per ton for composting). Plus, compost done at home is absolutely free!
2. Sourced from Natural Materials.
Compostable materials come from natural sources, like corn starch, sugar cane, and canola oil. Their production processes are carbon neutral, meaning they don’t have negative effects on our planet. The production of traditional plastic materials on the other hand releases a variety of toxic and unhealthy chemicals into the atmosphere.
3. Can Be Done at Home.
The entire compost process can be done for free in your home! This is not only cost-saving but will provide healthy soil for a home garden.
4. Better Quality Materials.
Because recycling produces lower-quality materials, the products made from those materials are also of lower quality. But compostables are always fresh materials, meaning a higher quality product for the customer.
5. Decreases the volume of waste in landfills.
Over 50% of the waste taken to landfills can actually be composted, the bulk of which is food waste. If we removed this waste and composted it, we could greatly decrease the amount of land space that is currently occupied by landfills.
6. Better Soil.
Compost is made of decaying organic matter, which provides a wide variety of nutrients to the soil. These nutrients can then help to support plant growth and strong microbial communities.
7. Reduces Greenhouse gas.
When compostables break down in landfills they release methane gas, which is one of the most common greenhouse gases in the atmosphere contributing to global warming. However, if those compostables are properly composted, then the carbon that makes up the methane gas is sequestered away in the soil, rather than released into the atmosphere.
Composting packaging materials can seem very foreign to us however, composting is a completely natural process that has been occurring on Earth since the first plants appeared. We at Kōrure believe we have the ability to take advantage of this process so that we can not only have the convenience of single-use products but protect our planet as well.
We believe recycling materials had been a positive initial step in recognizing our pollution and waste problems but now is time for us to move forward with using better alternatives such as composting. This is why we try our best to provide as much of our packaging materials to be a compostable material as possible.