Eco friendly trash bags? A contradiction?
I had written an article on another site that continues to have quite a bit of interest, so I am putting an updated version of the article about eco friendly and biodegradable trash bags here.
Typically for my trash I actually use extra bags that find their way into my home, however I have had great luck using these eco friendly biodegradable compostable three gallon trash bags. They are called BioBags and I use them for collecting kitchen scraps and then composting, so I can vouch for the fact that these bags actually do biodegrade very quickly.
According to the product description they are “manufactured from GMO-free corn” and “are 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable. The 3 Gallon Kitchen bags work well in a small trash container or composter, but are also great for food storage. Since Biobags breathe without leaking, they allow heat and moisture to escape, keeping fruits and vegetables fresher days longer than regular plastic. The 3 gallon bags measure 17″ x 18″ and are .62 mil thick.”
They also go on to give the downside of using regular plastics:
Regular polyethylene-based plastic bags can take over 100 years to break down and are not compostable. Sadly, less than 2% of all plastic bags ever get recycled. Plastic bags are everywhere, littering our beaches, lakes and Ocean. Studies estimate that over 100,000 marine animals and 2 million birds die every year from ingesting or being caught up in plastic debris.
You can also use these BioBags to pick up your dog poop!
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Originally posted on Sunday, October 26th, 2008 at 2:01 PM .