First and foremost...
How to Read Labels
Certified Organic products must have an ingredient list that is 95% organic. Meaning it is made and produced without artificial colors, artificial fragrances, GMO, fertilizers, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins.
Things labeled recyclable typically include plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, and glass. Keep an eye on the number associated with the recycling symbol to ensure you can put it in your blue bin to be recycled by a local facility.
Biodegradable products can be broken down by microorganisms in the soil. For instance, paper and textiles are biodegradable, whereas conventional plastics are not. Not all biodegradable products can be composted.
Compostable products are made to break down into simple more natural components over time. Backyard vs. industrial compost is typically the difference between composting at home versus in a large facility that applies high temperatures to speed up the breakdown process.
How to dispose of...
Mailers + Packaging
A majority of our vendors use shipping supplies that are either compostable, made using 100% recycled materials, or recyclable. Here's how you can dispose of them:
These mailers are typically made using a corn-based bioplastic. Remove any labels and compost it (in a pile or industrial composter).
This is made using 100% post-consumer recycled material. This material is difficult to recycle again .
These are often made from post-consumer recycled material and are curbside pick-up recyclable.
Overall, the the more plastic-free the packaging (even if it's bioplastic), the more ocean-friendly. All plastic- tape, labels, and plastic-wrap must be removed before recycling and/or composting.
How to dispose of...
The refill pouches these tabs are packaged in are made from wood cellulose without a trace of plastic, making them entirely backyard compostable. The shipping labels are industrial compostable, and the mailer boxes are home compostable. If you plan to compost them separately, just be sure to tear off the shipping labels.
Swedish dishcloths at the end of their lifespan can be put in the compost like your vegetable peelings and grass cuttings. Given time, microorganisms in the soil will break down the cellulose and cotton into their simplest components. This will lead to the production of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous- enriching the soil with nutrients.
Clothes are the hardest to dispose of. For all clothing we recommend 3 things:
- Buy durable clothes that last.
- Wear them as long as possible.
- When you're done donate, repurpose, or use them as household cleaning rags.
All of Külia phone cases are made to breakdown in your backyard compost or city compost system. Please double check if your city allows compostable bioplastics. You can also return your old Külia Case to be recycled and receive a $15 discount on your next case! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you remove the bristles with a plier, the bamboo toothbrush handle can be use as kindling for a fire, garden markers, or composted. It can be composted in a backyard composter but as this might take 4+ years to compost, it is recommended to compost it in a commercial composting bin (it will need the high heat to break down).
Beeswax wraps can be wrapped around pieces of kindling and used as a fire starter, or simply cut them up into strips and compost them in your backyard or city composting bin.
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