It’s never a good sign when 23 district attorneys are coming after you. But that’s what happened when almost two dozen California district attorneys targeted retailing giant Amazon over plastic products labeled as “compostable” or “biodegradable” on its website. Golden State statutes ban such claims without caveats about exactly how long it will take for the product to actually break down. (Somewhere between 450 and 1,000 years.)
But Amazon settled those claims last week, dishing out $1.5 million and agreeing to fund testing of plastic products marketed to consumers as compostable or degradable.