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What is Earthmates?

Earthmates® is a sustainable Meal Prep & Food Storage Container made from 100% plant fibers yet possess all the benefits you have come to expect from high-quality heavy-duty containers.

Environmental Science Sustainability: the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.


Biodegradable and Compostable


More and more often we are seeing the word ‘biodegradable’ on products, but what does it actually mean? Anything biodegradable will break down quickly and safely into mostly harmless compounds. What makes a substance biodegradable is anything that is plant-based, animal-based or natural mineral-based that will breakdown quickly. Although quickly is not specifically defined biodegradable products are broken in way less time than non-biodegradable products.


Compostable means that a product is capable of breaking down into natural elements in a compost environment. Because it’s broken down into its natural elements it causes no harm to the environment. The breakdown process usually takes about 90 days. Compostable is defined as anything that undergoes degradation by biological processes during composting and leaves no visible, distinguishable, or toxic residue.

So What's The Difference?

Looking at the definitions of both terms it is understandable why they are so easily confused but there’s a difference. While all compostable material is biodegradable, not all biodegradable material is compostable. Although biodegradable materials return to nature and can disappear completely, they sometimes leave behind metal residue. In summary, compostable products are biodegradable, but with an added benefit.