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Composition: A Natural Thing
- Decomposition happens naturally almost anywhere
- All organic matter will decompose given enough time to devolve and perish.
- Low temperature interrupts the composting program as it cannot reach the temperature hot enough to kill pathogens. However, bacteria performs exothermic actions as they help the process of decomposition so it helps the temperature to become higher than that of the environment where decomposition takes place but cold weather still slows down the progress.
- By composting your organic waste, you are returning nutrients back into the soil.
- Compostable products are all biodegradable, but they are specifically intended for a composting environment. In the right setting, these products break down even more quickly, usually within 90 days, and they leave behind a nutrient-rich organic material called humus, which creates a healthy soil environment for new plant growth.
Biodegradable: Capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms.
- In terms of environmental benefits, the best biodegradable material will break down quickly rather than taking years. It leaves nothing harmful behind and saves landfill space.
- If something is biodegradable, then, given the right conditions and presence of microorganisms, fungi, or bacteria, it will eventually break down to its basic components and blend back in with the earth. Ideally, but not always, these substances degrade without leaving any toxins behind.