There is a lot of discussion about the different Compostability and Biodegradability standards worldwide, but what is the difference between them? The European Standard (EN 13432 – 2006) is the most widely recognised of all the standards, with the American Standard (ASTM D6400) and Australian Standards (AS 4736 -2006) based on it.
The Australian Standard adds on the additional requirement of a set of eco toxicity tests (worm test and plant growth test), which are not included in the European or American Standards. This ensures that when a compostable material breaks down within a composting environment, it does not negatively affect the worms that consume it or the health of plants that are subsequently grown in it.
All of becausewecare™’s products, from our raw materials, to a finished printed product comply with and are certified under the North American, European and most importantly Australasian Standards for biodegradation and compostability.