As plastic waste can have persisting negative impacts on local flora and fauna, synthetic biodegradable packaging can relieve this issue by more quickly breaking down into non-toxic components. This benefit can be felt across all habitats, including urban, rural, and marine ecological communities, as plastic pollution has already been documented to be an issue in all of these settings. Additionally, a decreased presence of non-biodegradable plastics can help avoid common issues that wildlife have faced in the past, such as accidental ingestion of plastics or accidentally getting caught within materials. Furthermore, through these materials' biodegradable nature, this means that there is a lessened threat of chemical pollution through the leaching of toxins from the gradual breakdown of traditional synthetic polymers. These chemicals would normally be persistent in their environments, as well, which can cause lasting pollution on local communities' waterways and soil. This can be avoided with the use of biodegradable synthetic materials. As these materials become more prominent in food distribution, this can also allow for increased composting of food waste as food waste and plastic waste are typically tied together.