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What are the Advantages of Biodegradable Products

By Sara . Updated: January 20, 2017
What are the Advantages of Biodegradable Products

Wether it’s in the form of plastic utensils, plastic packaging, plastic shopping bags, plastic chairs or some other form, plastic is being widely accepted in every field. While it provides the ease of being hardy it is also damaging and polluting the environment in a drastic way, so it's advisable to reduce its use as much as possible. Plastic is non–degradable i.e. it cannot be broken down by biological organism and hence it cannot be reabsorbed into the environment due to which pollution increases. A simple alternative is the biodegradable products which are neither harmful to plants and animals, nor do they pollute the environment. Using biodegradable products is better for both the environment and our health. If you want to know how, in this OneHowTo article we explain what the advantages of biodegradable products are.

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  1. No land pollution
  2. Renewable
  3. No toxic agents or allergens
  4. Recycleable
  5. Low air pollution

No land pollution

Biodegradable products can be broken down into components which are non toxic. Also the time taken for the breakdown is quite less as compared to plastic and other toxic products. Hence, there won’t exist the huge mound of garbage after the biodegradable products are discarded as they get absorbed into the earth. This will reduce the ugly landfills in many countries.

What are the Advantages of Biodegradable Products - No land pollution


The source of biodegradable products is biomass. Biomass is a renewable source of energy and is found in plenty all over the earth. Biomass includes plants, grass, trees, animal fats and tissues and other organic material which decomposes. Besides being found all over the world, is a sustainable source of energy that doesn't create any harmful waste for human or animal life neither for the atmosphere and the environment.

No toxic agents or allergens

Most of the biodegradable products (except those made from potato starch) contain zero allergens. Therefore they are safe for use and consumption by human. But plastic contains chemicals like phthalates, bisphenol A and other such harmful chemicals, which can cause cancer and reproductive abnormalities in human body. But biodegradable products made from sugar, potatoes, cornstarch and other such ingredients do not contain any toxic chemicals and hence they can be used without any health hazard.

This is mostly applicable to shampoos and shower gels. Those made from chemicals and plastics can cause rashes, dermatitis and other skin conditions, while biodegradable beauty products have natural components that don't harm the skin.

What are the Advantages of Biodegradable Products - No toxic agents or allergens


We can easily recycle the biodegradable products. Discarded biodegradable products can be collected and then broken down into its basic components. Then new products and goods can be recreated. Also this process consumes much less energy in comparison to the recycling of plastics. Biodegradable products can be easily broken down to its basic components, so, in a way we are also saving the energy.

What are the Advantages of Biodegradable Products - Recycleable

Low air pollution

In the process of breaking down the biodegradable products, no harmful carbon emission occurs. While manufacturing and recycling of plastic emits huge amount of greenhouse gas and harmful carbon emission. But in case of biodegradable products very few or no harmful gas is emitted.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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