One of the most common greenwashing techniques is the use of the terms “biodegradable” and “compostable.” Many people think the terms “biodegradable” and “compostable” are the same, but they have very different meanings. Compostable products will fully break down leaving nothing behind within a year, and can only break down in a composting environment not in a landfill.
Biodegradable products may also fully break down over time, but do not have a set lifespan, and may take decades or centuries to fully degrade. Additionally, biodegradable products will not break down efficiently in a compost pile, and should instead be thrown away and sent to the landfill.
Little Green Panda Straw are certified compostable, and if they do so happen to end up missing the bin and ending up on the earth then naturally occurring microorganisms will break this down into CO2 and water in 160 days.