Biodegradable vs. Compostable vs. Recyclable

Compostable and biodegradable are often used interchangeably although they do not mean the same thing. All compostable items are biodegradable, but not all biodegradable products are compostable. For a product to be labeled biodegradable, it must have the ability to turn into organic matter. Biodegradable products break down between three and six months if disposed of properly in facilities that regulate temperature, moisture, and air levels. Synthetic products take several hundred years to decompose. Composting, in comparison, is the process of recycling organic waste for reuse and breaks down in a few months. The composting process allows organic carbon to return to the earth and reduces methane emissions (aka greenhouse gases).


Biodegradable
  • Breaks down without oxygen.
  • Turns into carbon dioxide, water and biomass.
  • Takes 3 to 6 months to break down.*
Compostable
  • Turns into carbon dioxide, water and biomass.
  • Breaks down in approximately 90 days.*
  • Can be done in commercial facilities or at home in your backyard.
Renewable
  • Treats or processes existing materials to be reused.
  • Materials include: glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles and electronics.

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Marty says enhance your customers' takeout experience with Bio-Plus Earth food containers. In addition to being made from 100% recycled paper (minimum 35% post-consumer content), they are leak resistant and can hold any type of food whether hot, cold, wet or dry.

Bio-Plus Earth Take-Out Containers


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Marty says there are many advantages to choosing sustainable goods as a consumer or business. First and foremost, you will reduce your impact on the environment and limit unnecessary landfill waste.

Compostable Trays & Containers

Compostable Cutlery


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Marty prefers compostable cups manufactured from PLA. This corn based material has the strength of PET or Polypropylene cold cups along with great clarity. Take the extra step and add our compostable, strawless, sip thru lid that fit our 12, 16 and 20oz PLA cups.

Clear Renewable & Compostable Cups

Compostable Cups

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Although most people do not prefer paper straws over plastic, they are better for the environment, oceans and wildlife. Marty recommends trying our PLA plastic straws which have the staying power of plastic but are green in color to help differentiate from traditional straws.

Compostable & Paper Straws

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Green cleaning products do not use any artificial colors or fragrances for the purest possible cleaning power. Our Clean-By-Number dilution products are super concentrates which limit the emissions and costs of transporting water from the manufacturing facility to your location. Unlike the old days where “green” meant it was environmental but did not work, our CBN Eco-products are more effective than any product on the market. Marty offers a 100% money back guarantee and will even help hang your dispenser if you are located in the tri-state area.

CBN Eco-Friendly Dilution Products

Compostable Trash Liners

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