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Does Bioglitter™ contain aluminium, and if so, how can it still be called biodegradable?

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The reflective aluminum layer in Bioglitter™ SPARKLE and HOLO products has been optimised to be as incredibly thin, 2,500 times thinner than a human hair!

Aluminium is a metal that’s found in the natural world, it’s the most abundant metal in Earth’s crust.  Like water and minerals, metals are inorganic, meaning they don’t contain carbon.  Only organic* substances have the potential to biodegrade.  Inorganic compounds, do not contain carbon and therefore exempt from the biodegradability performance of a material.  Bioglitter™ consists of mostly organic material, that’s independently proven to biodegrade extremely well in the natural environment.

Biodegradability tests evaluate how well organic materials biodegrade in a particular environment, within a particular time frame.

*Organic – means carbon containing.  Not to be confused with the term ‘organic’ that’s used to market or communicate that a vegetable, for example, has been produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizerspesticides, or other artificial chemicals.