Products that come from nature, whether from plant, animals or minerals, will eventually return to their natural state, unlike man-made or synthetic products which will not. These will not degrade and will fill just litter the earth for centuries to come.
It is a good thing there is now a growing awareness to address this problem. Who would want to wake up in a world where trash outnumbered the people? The shift to eco-friendly products is not an easy one, and there is even a debate on the products that should be labeled as recyclable or not.
The future of the bioplastic industry is geared towards the use of organic materials that decomposes naturally. The resulting compost can now be used as an ideal soil conditioner thus eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers.
The most common applications of ecological products are in the manufacturing of tableware such as plates, bowls, cups and cutlery. To make sure that these products comply with the strictest compliance, you might want to check for the Biodegradable Product Institute or BPI logo. Nowadays, tableware can be made from corn resin and sugarcane pulp, while others have bamboo pulp as the main ingredient.
Other products today that are considered as biodegradable include water bottles from corn-based ingredients; trash bags made from nontoxic polyester-based propriety resin; baby wipes made from water, aloe vera extract and glycerin; yoga mats from pure rubber and jute fabric; and even cell phone casing made from corn, potatoes, and kenaf.