Classify: Recyclable, Biodegradable, & Compostable
Paper Water Bottle® products are designed to address a growing requirement for responsible production, sustainable consumption, and low-impact disposal. In order for a manufactured package to qualify as biodegradable, compostable, and/or recyclable, the product must adhere to industry requirements. Paper Water Bottle intends to pursue these various certifications. However, the company’s primary goal is to measure a standard that every consumer can understand: Can the product simply be added to a backyard compost pile? Read more to understand how the packaging industry specifies “green” labeling:
Recyclable products are anything that can be remade into something new. Materials made of most metals, plastics, glass, and cardboards are typically acceptable, but recycling practices vary by region. On the bottom of a container, a consumer can find the recycle symbol paired with a number. The number within the recycle symbol represents the type of plastic or paper material used to produce the container. To find out if the item can be recycled, contact your local municipality or collection company for the specifications for accepted material. To learn more about packages that can be recycled, visit a resource such as Waste Management.
Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) defines “biodegradable” as material that is compostable in municipal and industrial waste management facilities. This means that material breaks down anaerobically (without oxygen) and produces carbon dioxide, water, and biomass as by-products. Modern landfills are designed to minimize available moisture and oxygen, which results in limited decomposition of waste.
Compostable materials are made up of matter that will completely decompose in a composting environment. Whether residential or commercial, composting requires millions of microorganisms to be present with enough moisture, oxygen and heat to break down the waste. Once the microorganisms consume the material, the compost is screened to return large pieces to the beginning of the process for further degradation. Then, the resulting material can be used as a soil amendment or other similar use. Generally, packaging material is certified as compostable if it breaks down at the same rate as the natural materials processed in the compost with it, such as leaves and food scraps, according to the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).
Biodegradable & Compostable – A Refreshing Alternative™
The goal of being Backyard Compostable™ is the ultimate destination for Paper Water Bottle products. With this goal in mind, Paper Water Bottle invites producers and consumers to join the journey toward unparalleled sustainability.