Did you know that Organic Cotton is biodegradable and compostable?
Organic Cotton, cotton that is produced from plants that are not genetically modified nor grown from use of chemicals, pesticides or any synthetic substances, usually take 1-5 months to biodegrade completely.
I used to see the term biodegradable and compostable and think what is the difference so I took a little look.
What does the term biodegradable mean?
Biodegradable refers to a product breaking down into natural elements, carbon dioxide, and water vapor by organisms like bacteria and fungi that are then are reused by the building blocks of nature.
Biodegradable products must be disposed of correctly, if not, they are dumped into landfills and often become buried under non biodegradable rubbish. The good bacteria cannot survive buried underneath the other rubbish because there is very little oxygen. As a result, the biodegradable products break down anaerobically, meaning without oxygen, which creates methane, a greenhouse gas that is bad for the environment.
What does the term compostable mean?
Compostable means that the product will break down, but only in a compost setting. Compostable products have two added benefits over biodegradable options: they break down much faster and they also break down into nutrient-rich products, which makes healthy soil for the planet!
Non Organic Cotton and garments that are dyed with chemical materials or finishing chemicals are used won’t biodegrade in the same way.
All our products apart from our hoodies and sweatshirts that contain recycled plastic, will successfully break down when put in a compost bin or pile. For best results, it's advisable to cut or tear the clothing into small strips to help the process!
Let me know what your favourite material is and why and if you already compost your cotton!