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December 18, 2020

Compostable Bin Liners: The Better Choice Over Biodegradable/Degradable Options

Most of us know by now that we should avoid using plastic bags. Whether we’ve been working in business, the commercial contract cleaning industry or doing our bit at home, many of us have tried to reduce our plastic use. There is so much information out there that grabbing the nearest “green”, “degradable” or “biodegradable” product may not be as simple as it sounds to choose the right choice for the environment. In this article, we aim to remove the confusing jargon so you know what to look for when buying bin liners and why compostable bin liners are the better choice. Packaging can be fantastic these days. All that ‘organic- looking’ brown paper, pictures of trees and bunny rabbits – not to mention feel-good buzzwords – sure make it sound like you’re doing the right thing. But terms like “degradable” can be deceptive as everything is degradable over time. And claims don’t mean a thing unless they are proven by performance standard like Australian Standard AES 4736. But more on that later.    Biodegradable plastics will become small pieces of plastic, which continue to contaminate and harm the environment as ‘microplastics’.   First, let’s get to know some basic terms....
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