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Are Seventh Generation products biodegradable? What does that really mean?

Biodegradability is the ability of a substance or material to be broken down into its fundamental parts by exposure to the natural action of elements like microorganisms, sunlight, and water. Products that are biodegradable do not accumulate in the environment. Further, their biodegradation means that they have become a nutrient to other biological processes, which is necessary for the planet Earth to be self-sustaining.

We do not have a 3rd party certification/seal that only looks at biodegradability. However, many of our products are EPA Safer Choice certified. This is a 3rd party certification/seal that assesses products for human health and environmental safety. One of the parameters that the certification evaluates is the biodegradability of ingredients within a product.

When a product does not biodegrade, it remains in the environment indefinitely. As more and more of the substance accumulates, its chemical concentration and toxic effects increase which means that a relatively safe chemical can then become a dangerous one.

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