Saw these at Woolies today, with their green and brown wrapper complete with grass and butterfly, pretending that "degradable" is a good environmental choice... But is it?
Sit down kids, I've got something to say!
Degradable means the plastic includes chemical additives that allow it to break down a bit faster than your regular ol' plastic bag. It means it's going to disintegrate into tiny, tiny pieces of plastic - you may have heard the term "microplastic" floating around by now.... these are the plastics we end up consuming because they get into the seafood we eat 🤢 It's under debate as to whether degradable plastic is in fact more harmful than non-degradable for this reason! .
On to biodegradable - a slightly better choice, as this kind of plastic is made of mostly natural materials which can be broken down by bacteria - however it needs certain conditions to do so including warmth, so this is unlikely if this kind of plastic ends up in the ocean! It can also produce methane in landfill (so can your veggie scraps, did you know?) So be careful how you discard. .
And now to compostable - the best option on this topic. There are 2 types - commercially compostable and home compostable. These products are plant based and create no toxic waste as they break down, which doesn't take long, and then they return to the earth as nutritious soil ❤🌱 Here in Adelaide we can throw commercially compostable products into our green waste bins which is easy peasy, and if you have a home compost for items labelled as such then even better - zero waste at the end of the day! Hooray! 🎉🌳 .
Hope this helps clear things up for anyone who was wondering 😃🤗