Describes material capable of timely decomposition under natural conditions as a result of biological activity. Biodegradable materials can be broken down by microorganisms such as bacteria, enzymes, and fungi or other decomposers.
Defines a material susceptible to degradation by biological processes under natural conditions or in industrial compositing facilities, yielding CO2, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass at a rate consistent with other known compostable materials and leaving no visible, distinguishable, or toxic residue.
Made with 30% postconsumer recycled material
Indicates that at least 30% of the material in a product is made from material that has been recycled and has been diverted from home, office, retail store, or other similar waste streams.
Made from renewable resources
Refers to products that can be regenerated through natural ecological processes and management practices and also replenished at a rate that matches or exceeds the rate of consumption.
Distinguishes material that still has useful physical or chemical properties after serving its original purpose and can, therefore, be remanufactured into new products.
Signifies responsible use of resources to meet human needs in an economically viable manner, while preserving social well-being and the health of the natural environment so that future generations are able to meet their needs.