What is the Difference Between Biodegradable and Degradable?

As consumers, there is a lot of pressure on us to make eco-friendly choices with the products we buy, but in a world where more and more products promise to be environmentally friendly, it can get confusing. 

You may be wondering what the difference is between biodegradable and degradable, and we’re here to tell you. 

Biodegradable products

When something is referred to as a biodegradable product, it means it is derived from natural materials (as opposed to plastic) that it can be broken down by the earth.

If what you buy is biodegradable, it means that it can go back into the earth and start the cycle again. Therefore, when you buy biodegradable products, you are causing less harm to the environment because there are no lasting effects, and biodegradable things can usually break down within six months to one year. 

Natural elements like bacteria and fungi break down whatever has been in the product, and they are usually faster to break down than non-biodegradable products. 

When you buy biodegradable products, you need to think about how you are disposing of them afterwards. Throwing them away with the rest of your waste probably means that they will end up in landfill and get buried. Where possible, compost them or send them to a recycling centre. 

What do we use at GAIA Skin Naturals?

At GAIA Skin Naturals, we are committed to helping our planet, which is why we use ingredients that are naturally derived.

For example, baby wipes are made from bamboo and plant-based materials and will biodegrade when they are left out of their pack, and so with GAIA Skin Naturals, you can not only wipe your baby clean, you will be left with a clean conscience too. To make sure your baby wipes last between uses, just make sure that you close the pack properly after each use, and they will be there for you when you next need them.

Shop the range of naturally derived products from GAIA Skin Naturals today.