Biodegradation is a chemical process in which materials naturally break down when it interacts with micro-organisms, and degrades back into natural elements either water, carbon or compost.
Composting occurs when materials biodegrade under specific temperatures and timeframes. At the end of the process only natural products remain, either water, carbon or compost which leaves no visible contaminants or toxic residue. There are various regulations and standards that a product can meet in order to be described as “compostable” e.g. EN 13432 in Europe and ASTM 6400 in USA.
The material is a biodegradable polyester which is from non-food agricultural feedstocks.
Not at all. Biodegradation of any Peco Poncho will only begin once your poncho is in contact with the right compost or soil environment. So you can enjoy your poncho until you are finished wearing it.
The Peco Eco Poncho will biodegrade within 24 months in contact with compost. Typical disposable plastic rain ponchos contain a substance called polyethylene which causes those ponchos to degrade over hundreds of years in landfill. The Our products do not contain any polyethylene which helps them to biodegrade in less than 24 months.
The Peco Bloomer Poncho will biodegrade within 24 months in contact with compost or soil.
Your poncho will not biodegrade if you leave it on the ground. Please put in a compost bin at home or return to a commercial compost facility. The Peco Bloomer Poncho can be composted or planted in soil.
Please put your poncho in a home compost bin, return it to a commercial compost facilty or plant in soil as appropriate. Your poncho may go to regular landfill if it goes in the trash.
Peco Ponchos are best kept in cool dry conditions.