Compostable, Biodegradable and Oxo-degradable

Compostable :Anything that undergoes degradation by biological process during composting to yield CO2, water, inorganic compounds and biomass at rate consistent with other known compostable material and leave no visible, distinguishable or toxic residue but act as increasing the fertility of the soil with added minerals.
Biodegradable :Anything that decomposes or breaks down naturally by the action of micro-organisms and thus resulting in the formation of CO2, CH4, water and humus in the soil.
Oxo-degradable :Oxo-degradable (OXO) is polyolefin plastic to which has been added amounts of metal salts. These catalyze the natural degradation process to speed it up so that the OXO plastic will degrade resulting in microfragments of plastic and metals which will remain in the environment but will not be seen as a visual contaminant. The degradation process is shortened from hundreds of years to years and/or months for degradation and thereafter biodegradation depends on the micro-organisms in the environment.
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Comparision between Oxo-degradable and Compostable

As discussed above, compostable are the products made of natural sources like cereals and add fertility to the soil. While oxo-degradable are basically plastic products which are added with certain salts which increase the disintegration of the plastic material but are very harmful for the human body.
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Benefits of Truegreen products
a.) Compostable
b.) Biodgradable
c.) Does not contain polyethene(plastic)
d.) Does not contain toxic material and heavy metals
e.) Food grade material
f.) Properties similar to plastic
g.) Not made from petroleum
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Approved by the Government

Central Pollution Control Board has issued circulars promoting the use of compostable products conforming to IS/ISO 17088 standards. PWM 2011 rules also propose the use of compostable products in place of plastic products.
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Does Truegreen products biodegrade themselves when stored in warehouse?

No, Truegreen products degrade when it is exposed to certain level of temperature, moisture and enzymatic action of microbes present in the soil. Truegreen products generally offer a good shelf life.
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Benefits of Truegreen products to environment and society

Plastic manufacturing comprises of 80% of the total crude oil production which is non-renewable & scarce. Plastic once produced lives in our environment for 1000 years which will distintegrate and go to our body through food we have and will harm us. Truegreen products are made of natural composition like cereals biodegrade within months and increase the soil fertility and add no toxicity to the soil.
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