Is Bamboo Compostable or Biodegradable?

With many buzzwords flying around eco-friendly circles, you'll be forgiven for not quite grasping what they all mean.

"Biodegradable" and "Compostable" are two such terms that have been used extensively for eco-friendly products such as bamboo toothbrushes. But what are they and where does bamboo land on the scale?

Keep reading to find out more.

Is Bamboo Compostable or Biodegradable?

Bamboo is both compostable AND biodegradable. While compostable materials are all biodegradable, not all biodegradable materials are compostable. Bamboo therefore is both.

So what's the difference?

Biodegradable basically means that matter can break down naturally but its ability to do so is reliant on environmental factors. Without the correct levels of moisture, you might find that biodegradable products take a long time to fully breakdown.

Compostable on the other hand means the original material, in this case bamboo, is made from organic matter and will breakdown and even nourish the soil it's placed in.

Compostable materials are essentially absorbed and provide extra nutrients which encourages plant growth and is why compost is so popular in garden centres around the UK.

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