California sues to stop greenwashing; biodegradable vs. compostable battle rages on


On Oct. 26, the California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed suit against three national companies that make plastic bottles or sell bottled water in California, contending that their plastic bottles illegally claim to be "biodegradable." The companies being sued are Aquamantra, a bottled water company in Dana Point, CA; Balance Water, a bottled water company in West Orange, N.J., and ENSO Plastics, a bottle maker based in Mesa, AZ.

It was just about a year ago that California Senate Bill 1454 was vetoed by then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. SB 1454 would have prohibited the sale of any plastic product labeled as "biodegradable, degradable or decomposable or any form of those terms, or in any way imply that the plastic product will break down, fragment, biodegrade or decompose in a landfill or other environment."
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