Why we don't want things to last forever
Perhaps you have seen footage of bottles at the beach, oceans filled with plastic, and plastic straws in poor creatures’ mouths. Stop! Don’t make me think about that! Sorry, but every problem has a solution, and one of the clever approaches taken to combat this catrashtophe (that was bad) is biodegradable plastics.
Like we did when exploring the word “eco-friendly,” we’re going to dissect the word. Bio means life (think biology or biography) and degrade is to break down.
Biodegradable items can be broken down by microorganisms.
Plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill, taking up space. If it makes its way into ecosystems, it can infect animals and destroy populations. That’s where biodegradable plastics come in. They only take a few months to decompose. They also require less energy to manufacture, using fewer greenhouse gasses.
Biodegradable items cost more money to manufacture, and for that reason, they are more expensive. For those who can pay the price, biodegradable is the better eco-friendly option.
Try These Biodegradable Products
If you are interested in biodegradable products, we found some online to try.
200-Pack 100% Plant-Based Compostable Straws - Plasticless Biodegradable Flexible Drinking Straws - A Fantastic Eco Friendly Alternative to Plastic Straws