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Green Product Glossary
Biodegradable products will eventually break down when exposed to sunlight and water in a naturalenvironment. Since most garbage goes to tightly packed landfills that prevent exposure, the term may beconfusing. Biodegradable materials include those that can be composted.
Carbon footprint refers to all the greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane, that areassociated with a product throughout its lifecycle from extraction of raw materials until final disposal.
Compostable products break down in an industrial composting facility to produce material containing soil-rich nutrients in the form of microorganisms, with no toxic residues. Composting is a human-assistedprocess, but these items may also biodegrade eventually in a natural environment. Compostable productsinclude PLA, paper, cardboard, bagasse and molded fiber.
Recyclable products can be collected and reprocessed to produce new items. Common recyclablematerials are paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum.
Recycled content refers to a percentage of recovered/recycled material that is incorporated into a newproduct. The material can be post-consumer (collected after consumer use) or post-industrial (collectedduring the manufacturing process). Materials containing recycled content include paper, cardboard, certainplastics and aluminum.
Renewable resources are plant-based materials that can be grown again and again. These materialsinclude PLA, wood-based products such as paper, cardboard, bamboo, sugarcane and waste/byproductsfrom those materials.
Reuse is using an object or material again, either for its original or another purpose, without significantlyaltering its physical form. Reuse is not recycling, since recycling alters the physical form of an object ormaterial. Reuse is considered to be a form of waste prevention.
Source reduction, also known as waste prevention or pollution prevention, is the design, manufacture,purchase or use of materials and products with the goal of reducing the amount or toxicity of materials thatare discarded. Examples include right-sizing can liners and using coreless toilet paper.
Sustainable products provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public healthand the environment over their whole lifecycle, from the extraction of raw materials until final disposal.
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