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:

  • Adhesives
  • Construction materials and composites
  • Fibers, paper, and packaging
  • Fuel additives
  • Landscaping materials, compost, and fertilizer
  • Plastics
  • Solvents and cleaners
  • Sorbents

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.