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Green Packaging Terms

Below is a list of common terms that are often used to describe green, biodegradable products and types.

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Products that, over time, will disintegrate completely back into the earth as its original organic components. This process usually is caused by bacteria or sunlight.


Materials or products that, after serving their original purpose, still have usable physical or chemical properties. These items can be reused or remanufactured to make new products.


Plastics made from corn, potato or other annually renewable sources which are compostable and biodegradable.


Paper and Plastic products, which will biodegrade and disintegrate completely and safely when put into a municipal or commercial facility (like yard waste or food scraps). This action is usually completed within 90 days however, it will be faster if products are in smaller pieces.


A mixture of various decaying organic substances, such as dead leaves, that will usually be used for fertilizing soil.


The ability to do more, with less of our resources, such as using candles instead of lightbulbs, or opening windows instead of using the air conditioner.


The remains of sugar cane pulp after the juice is extracted. This is used to make bio-products such as packaging supplies, paper products, and absorbent products.

Carbon Footprint

A measure of impact on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide.


Preserving and re-newing, when possible both human and natural resources.

Source Reduction

Source Reduction, also know as "waste prevention," is the practice of designing, manufacturing, purchasing, or using materials (such as products and packaging) in ways that reduce the amount or toxicity of trash created. Reusing items is another way to stop waste at the source because it delays or avoids that item's entry in the waste collection and disposal system.

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