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Compostable VS. Biodegradable


There is increasing confusion and greenwashing revolving around the term biodegradable. You might think this means it will disappear if left in nature, but that’s not always the case. Biodegradable simply means that the product will degrade over time. How long this takes is not defined by the term. It can therefore be misleading.


Compostable is a more concrete term, meaning that it is biodegradable within 3 weeks in a functional compost. A functional compost could be an industry compost, or a working home compost (having a central temperature of 49-77 celsius and the right moist level).


Apart from referring to a specific time frame, compostable often means that the product adds nutrition to the soil and therefore has a value even after it is used for its main purpose. Products that are plant based contain nitrogen and other elements that work as fertilizers. This should be utilized instead of wasted, anda functional compost helps you do this.


Our soaps can safely be used in nature as the runoff water containing the soap after cleaning decomposes and doesn't cause harm to nature.


Our packaging is made to be reused, but it can also be recycled or even composted. As it is made from recycled wood pulp it breaks down faster in a compost than virgin paper does. Each soap is also wrapped in oiled paper to keep it fresh and avoid wasting the essential oils they contain. This paper breaks down quickly when exposed to water or gets composted.


Next time you buy something that seems natural and eco-friendly, make sure to check if it’s compostable. Don’t underestimate your power as a consumer!