A biobased plastic can be partly or entirely biobased. Therefore, just because a plastic product is biobased does not necessarily mean the product is biodegradable or compostable because the percentages vary depending on the blend. This term is used to market an eco-friendly product or material, or a more sustainable alternative.
Biobased products include:
- Construction materials and composites
- Fibers, paper, and packaging
- Fuel additives
- Landscaping materials, compost, and fertilizer
- Solvents and cleaners
Biodegradable is typically an eco-friendly product made from mostly renewable materials and can break down safely, by biological means. This process isn’t restricted by a time frame or leaving behind any metals or toxins.