Creating a Cleaner World Through Compost

How2Compost is a standardized on-package label that clearly communicates composting instructions to the public. Both How2Compost and How2Recycle, its companion program, involve a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and composted and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels.

A Smarter Label System

As more communities, businesses, and municipalities adopt composting programs and practices, consumers will need to understand whether a package is compostable or not. The How2Compost label was created to provide standardized and transparent on-package composting information, and is compatible with the How2RecycleⓇ label.

  • Special Instructions Tab

    Here, text may help you know something is not yet recyclable, or help you know how to prepare the packaging for composting.

  • BPI Certified Logo

    This icon means that the item has been certified as compostable by BPI.

  • Type of Material

    Tells you that this material is compostable.

  • Format of Material

    Information on what parts of the packaging should be composted in a certain way.

  • How2Compost.info

    This website is here to provide you with additional resources and information about compostable packaging.

Composting still has big problems that we are helping to solve

The relative newness of composting infrastructure, as well as inconsistency of composting communication at all levels, is a major cause of consumer confusion. The How2Compost label collectively increases the level of consumer knowledge about composting. If local programs reference the label alongside the items they accept, the How2Compost label can be a unifying, recognizable piece of information across all programs.

  • Most Compostables Still End up in Landfills Some people still don't know or forget that certain materials are compostable.
  • Composting Labels are Not Yet Standardized Many compostable items aren't labeled properly when it comes to being composted.
  • Recycling Information is Hard to Understand With so much conflicting composting information out there, it's easy to get confused. Incorrect composting behavior is common.
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