Frequently Asked Questions
BIOLO manufactures bags, film and straws that are certified biodegradable in soil, marine and freshwater environments. BIOLO products offer everything you love about plastic with none of the guilt.
BIOLO manufactures all of its products in the United States and sources all of its materials from domestic suppliers.
BIOLO products are made entirely of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate).
PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) is a revolutionary plant-based plastic alternative that has genuine sustainability characteristics because it is an organic food source for bacteria. So when PHA interacts with bioactive environments – such as home compost bins, industrial composting facilities, landfills, or bodies of freshwater or saltwater – the biodegradation process begins. PHA completely degrades with no residual microplastics remaining.
Yes, BIOLO products provide the same performance and quality that is expected of traditional plastics with the broadest biodegradability of any other plastic alternative on the market. BIOLO products biodegrade in 180 days or less in soil, freshwater, and saltwater environments as well as home compost bins and industrial compost facilities. After biodegradation, the only byproducts remaining are water, biomass and carbon dioxide. Extensive testing has been completed to ensure that BIOLO products meet or exceed all industry standards for biodegradability, including that of the world’s leading inspection and certification institution, TÜV.
No, since BIOLO products are made from PHA, the biologic origin and end-of-life process does not leave behind microplastics by definition. BIOLO products are consumed by common bacteria without a plastic trace.
Yes, all BIOLO products are certified by TÜV as OK compost HOME and OK compost INDUSTRIAL. TÜV is one of the world’s leading companies that is responsible for testing, inspecting and certifying technologies, products and systems. Each BIOLO product has undergone TÜV’s extensive certification process, a process where biodegradation, disintegration, toxicity of resulting compost, and ecotoxicity effects are thoroughly analyzed. Only products that meet all the requirements receive TÜV certification. BIOLO Straws are also certified BPI Compostable. BPI is the only third-party verification of ASTM standards for compostable products in North America.
No, water alone will not breakdown BIOLO products. For BIOLO products to degrade, they must be in the presence of microbial catalysts, or microbes, which are present in composts, soil and other natural environments.
No, heat alone will not breakdown BIOLO products. For BIOLO products to degrade, they must be in the presence of microbial catalysts, or microbes, which are present in composts, soil and other natural environments.
Yes, BIOLO products are shelf stable. In dry, cool storage, BIOLO products will not begin their natural degradation process. BIOLO products only start degrading when they interact with microbes found in a composts, soil and other natural environments.
Yes, BIOLO products can fully degrade in landfills. Like most environments on our planet, a landfill is a bioactive environment. BIOLO products require 180 days or less to be completely biodegraded by bacteria in an unsealed landfill and leave behind no microplastic. If BIOLO products are sealed within a landfill prior to complete biodegradation, they will serve as a future renewable carbon source.
Currently there are no federal laws banning single-use plastics, but many states, like California and New York, do have bans on many segments of the single-use plastic market. The number of cities and states enacting these bans grows each year as legislators seek to reduce the amount of plastic pollution. BIOLO products are considered a suitable alternative to traditional single-use-plastics.
When a product is biodegradable, it means it will breakdown into smaller, natural elements. The length of time for biodegradation is dependent upon the temperature and location where the process takes place as there is no regulated timeline for biodegradation. When a product is compostable, this means it will breakdown into natural elements and become usable and nutrient-dense soil in a compostable environment. Simply stated, biodegradable products have no specified timeframe for biodegradation, nor a description of what they will break down into, while compostable products do. All biodegradable plastics are not the same – some are compostable, and some are not. Nor are all plant-based plastics biodegradable. Many of these terms are confused with another – and some plastic alternatives use that to their advantage. Carefully reviewing certifications and results of extensive real-world and laboratory testing is essential when determining if a plastic alternative has a sustainable lifecycle.