Biodegradable & Non-Biodegradable

Biodegradable means that you can stick it in a hole in the ground, cover it up with mud, and some time later, it’ll disappear and become part of the soil! But how?

The bacteria in the soil loves feeding on all those things you put in the ground. They’re okay with the taste! Soon enough, your item will have disappeared. Most of the time, this process takes a long time to work, but don’t worry, it’ll happen gradually, but it’ll happen.

This feeding by bacteria is called decomposition (dee-com-po-zi-shin) and is very helpful in getting rid of waste. Unfortunately, not everything is biodegradable, and that’s why we need to manage our waste.

Some Biodegradable Things

  • Paper
  • Kitchen waste (rotten fruit, banana peels, old food)
  • Clothes (if made from cotton)

The thing you see most is – if it comes from nature, it can go back.

That’s why nature’s cycle never had the problem we suffer – waste overflow.

This is where non-biodegradable things come in. The stuff that isn’t directly from nature – like plastic – doesn’t biodegrade AT ALL.

We don’t know how to get rid of it, and that’s why everyone is trying their best to reduce the plastic in their surroundings.

Some Non-biodegradable Things

  • Plastic products
  • Metal scraps and used tins
  • Computer hardware (e-waste)
  • Styrofoam
  • Thermocol

Scientists and environmentalists all over the world are trying to find the solution to this problem. From plastic-eating-worms to making roads out of plastic waste, they all are putting in major efforts to reduce waste.

Did you really need a brand new copy of a book – instead of buying one second-hand? Do you really require that many pens and pencil cases? Do you really think taking a plastic bag won’t have an impact on earth? Well, it will.

Remember that saving earth starts and ends with you.


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