Warning: Misleading claims being made to fool you!
What exactly are biodegradable plastic bags?
You can be forgiven for believing that they would be bags that will do you and your environment no harm at all.
But there’s too much dishonesty and sophistry being practiced in the areas of recycling and biodegradability.
Unfortunately some people are passing off photo-degradable bags as biodegradable.
The difference is vast and the consequences are dangerous.
A biodegradable plastic bag can only be one that completely decomposes 100%.
But photo-degradable bags just break apart in sunlight to become a fine powder which retains all the poisons that go into making the plastic bag. This powder than flies into the soil where your food grows and the water you drink and the consequences are frightening. And invisible.
Then there are some plastic bags that have a large percentage of plastic and have had an element of starch added that just speeds up the process of photo-degradation.
Today we have a growing consumer awareness of the harm that plastic bags are doing and the more aware consumer is sensibly choosing to carry her own cloth bag when she goes shopping.
But lull her into thinking the problem has been solved and she’ll go back to using plastic bags. And if that ain’t dishonesty and obfuscation, what is?
So, if someone claims to be offering you compostible or biodegradable bags, do ask whether it truly decomposes one hundred percent.