No, you do not need to change your purchasing habits. However, there are changes in purchasing that can increase compost and decrease landfill waste.
Depending on whether your compost facility accepts paper/compostable dishware, it is recommended to use BPI Certified compostable utensils, plates, and container liners in your operations to optimize your compost efforts. The cost of biodegradable items continues to decrease as market demand increases, and savings may also become apparent through diverting costs away from landfill waste. The items that are accepted depends on the composting facility receiving the material. But below are some resources about compostable products.
FTC Green Guides
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission provides a program to ensure compliance with the agency’s recently revised Green Guides. The Commission publishes the guides to help businesses market their products accurately, providing guidance as to what constitutes deceptive and non-deceptive environmental claims. View the report here.
ASTM D6400: Standard Specification for Labeling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities