By: Elaine Hirsch
Thank you again for providing an interesting article on composting. In my town is seems to be that everyone wants to go green by composting. I mean to go green is many steps each day. To go green is all about composting!!
Compost is the Future
More people are becoming conscious of their impact on the environment and the demand for environmentally-friendly products has been on a steady rise. A major concern is whether items will biodegrade completely within 90 days, or if they will remain in a sturdy plastic form in landfills for decades or hundreds of years. According to MBA Online, the most innovative companies quickly shift to cater to consumer demand. Innovative companies have stepped up to fill in demand as global awareness of pollution has become prominent.
One exciting product that has been created is a compostable cell phone. Cell phones have become a large problem in landfills because they often have toxic chemicals in them and they don’t break down safely. Furthermore, with a growing majority of people owning several cellphones, the amount of processing chips and batteries thrown away continues to increase. Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung have all released eco-friendly phones. Samsung’s biodegradable phone is reported to be biodegradable, with 80% of the input materials coming from recyclable materials. Furthermore, the product’s packaging was made with environmental sustainability in mind.
Not to be left behind, Fujitsu created a compostable computer mouse in early 2011. Fujitsu said that switching to their compostable mouse saves over 60,000kg of plastic per year in composting.
One of the most common places to find compostable materials is among kitchenware. From silverware to cups to bowls, there has been a hot competition to create the most biodegradable form of kitchenware. Some Earth-conscious restaurants switched from standard items that need to be washed to the compostable sort in order to save water. Picnickers and hikers are also hearty consumers of biodegradable materials. Since some of the cups and bowls can handle food or drink as hot as around 200-220 Fahrenheit and can be microwaved, their usage extends across the board into any application where you would require tableware.
Companies as familiar as the office supply store Staples created lines of compostable eating utensils and bowls. Their Sustainable Earth line is simple but covers the things needed for a potluck, company dinner, or outing. Branch has a line called WASARA that features Japanese elegance in single-use tableware. Made of sugar cane, bamboo, and reed pulp, they offer an unusual beauty and attention to detail not often found in single-use ware.
One thing that must be taken into consideration is that compostable items typically cost more than their traditional relatives; however, since they are capable of breaking down and not harming the environment, many people find the additional cost a very small price to pay. Another is that items will fully break down in 30 days in a commercial composter, but it takes about 90 days in a home compost pile. If it is necessary to process large amounts of compostable material, it’s preferable to do it by a commercial composting facility.
Sending as little as possible to landfills and being conscious of what we consume and how is the best way to help the Earth. Compostable items make it easy to transition from things like standard cell phones to an eco-friendly model, or a new computer mouse. Quality is not lost by being biodegradable. More cities are getting on board with municipal composting and it seems like composting will become a regular part of life for more and more people as time goes by, to everyone’s benefit.