I’m a big fan of recycling, but sometimes, we also need to throw trash away. But what happens if your trash bag isn’t biodegradable?
Most trash bags are black and usually made of plastic material, so when you throw them out with the trash in them, the bag itself ends up being trash too.
This is why using eco-friendly trash bags to act as a solution to the ever-growing problem of plastic waste is the best thing you could do. While you may be throwing away organic materials, why not ensure you’re using compostable bags or biodegradable bags?
I’ve done my homework on eco-friendly trash bags so you don’t have to. This means your tall kitchen trash bags will disintegrate with your other food waste and food scraps inside if it’s made of compostable materials. It will end up being in the soil as plant material or at least harmless to the environment as a whole.
How do I choose the best biodegradable trash bags? Before I get to my top picks and your pick of an eco-friendly alternative, here are some things to keep in mind the next time you buy regular plastic bags.
Look for third-party certifications
The best way to ensure you’re buying compostable garbage bags is to consider a trash bag that is certified by global ECOLABEL, ASTM, USDA, and the like. These third-party certifications can ensure that the product that you are using, like bin liners, is made with sustainable materials that were harvested or obtained without being harmful to the environment.
These certifications can also help prove that the biodegradable garbage bags you purchase is made with high-quality materials and renewable resources.
Responsible and smart packaging
Do you ever wonder why you get a paper straw with a plastic cup? Well, even if the actual product is eco-friendly, there’s no sense when it’s covered in a plastic material that may not be suitable for landfills. Therefore, both the product and the packaging should be eco-friendly in terms of the materials used.
Easy to use
Trash bags and bin liners in trash cans should be a no-fuss item in your kitchen or backyard. The garbage bags should be easy to unroll to use a single trash bag so that you can just grab one and start collecting your trash right away for simple disposal.
5 Best Biodegradable and Compostable Trash Bags to be Eco Friendly
Here are my top picks for different types of trash bags to cut down on plastic waste.
These tall kitchen bags are made using renewable resources to reduce your carbon footprint. They are a more sustainable choice than trash bags made from recycled or virgin plastic. They’re guaranteed to be stronger than all the leading brands, are puncture and leak-proof, and are 100% recyclable.
Certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) under US standard ASTM D6400, these UNNI compostable bags are made from plant starches and contain no polyethylene. The bags are durable, non-toxic, easy to use, and great for the environment.
These 1.2 Gallon trash bags fit round garbage bins and are suitable for most small bins. The material of the small trash bags complies with the standard ASTM D6400 and the European standard EN 13432. You can compost the bag in the backyard or home composting facility without causing damage to the environment.
The compostable trash bags are made of plant starch material (PSM), a new type of biomaterial-based on natural renewable plant starch extracts. These are odorless, non-toxic, pure compostable bags.
They are also clear green, which helps identify the content of the garbage for sorting.
These small bags are 13 Gallon bags. They’re small enough to easily carry and large enough to fit the standard kitchen trash cans. The high Biomass content makes them great compostable and biodegradable trash bags.
They are made from completely decomposable plant starches and meet ASTM D6400 standards for composting. They are ideal for garbage disposal, container liners, and collecting any biodegradable scrap materials.
These 13 compostable bags decompose completely in both home and commercial composting facilities, leaving only nutrient-rich humus, water, and CO2.
Some other tips to help you throw out regular trash bags and use more plant materials include:
Instead of single-use plastics, use reusable shopping bags at the grocery store.
Instead of using single-use items like water bottles made out of plastic, decrease your carbon footprint by using a reusable water bottle.
Instead of using paper bags, use an eco-friendly alternative made of plant materials. Reusable bags are the best!
So, are you going to say goodbye to plastic garbage bags and get some new products now?
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