The A to Z of Compostable Garbage Bags

You are out on a drive with your family, basking in the cool shade of the trees. Windows are down to let the early morning breeze in. But wait, right there on the curb, plastic bags are flying around like they are in a waltz. The opposite side is littered with trash bags full to the brim. 

While the trash piles up in landfills and oceans, our streets are similarly clogged up with waste plastic bags. You are already reducing your use of plastic and reusing the plastic bags you have. But the pile of polythene bags just does not disappear. Everywhere you look, plastic bags, bottles, and other waste are just lying around. 

The best way to handle this pile of plastic would be if the bags disintegrated within weeks or months, don't you think? Compostable garbage bags do exactly that! Made from natural plant fibres, these organic bags decompose completely within a few months.

Read on to learn more about how you can help stop the invasion of plastic bags.

Here, there, and everywhere

Made from petrochemicals, plastic bags have become a menace to the environment. No matter where you go, you will find a litter of them. When we say humans have reached everywhere, we probably also refer to our harmful inventions. Did you know plastic bags were found in the Mariana Trench in 2018? If plastic bags can invade even the deepest known oceanic trench, our houses and neighbourhoods are not much of a challenge, are they?

Our groceries are packed in single-use bags, and so are our milk and curd. We usually recycle these bags to dispose of waste, but this is not always enough. These bags will eventually end up in landfills or oceans. This is why the use of eco-friendly dustbin bags is more relevant than ever.

Bag it up! 

Do you use durable cloth bags for your grocery shopping? That’s great! You have taken your first steps to a green future. But unfortunately, garbage cannot be disposed of in these cloth bags. We still use the black garbage bags or the single-use plastic bags we have accumulated in a drawer to dispose of the garbage in our home.

You must be thinking, ‘What more can I do to reduce my carbon footprint?’ Compostable garbage bags, of course. These bags are 100% eco-friendly and can be composted. They are manufactured using Plastarch, a naturally derived fibre from cornstarch. 

Reduce your use of single-use plastic and save the environment in one go! 

Divide, don’t multiply! 

Wet, dry, and hazardous household waste—you spend so much time segregating it. Wet waste is usually sent away for composting, and dry waste is further segregated into recyclable and non-recyclable materials. 

But even after all this, the use of plastic harms your efforts to protect your environment. So how can decomposable bags come in handy in this case? For each day, your waste is divided into three plastic bags. Replacing it with an organic bag that decomposes within 6 months and does not accumulate in landfills, on footpaths, and homes as solid waste can help double your efforts in protecting the environment.

So, the next time you’re sorting your garbage, skip the plastic! Opt for eco-friendly garbage bags!

Why replace conventional garbage bags? 

Polythene trash bags are fossil fuel-based and do not easily break down. Instead, landfills are filled with mounds of plastic bags that continue to pollute the environment with greenhouse gases and contaminate the soil with toxic substances.

Compostable garbage bags, in comparison, degrade within weeks to months. Since they are derived from the natural starch of plant materials like corn and potatoes, they do not leave any toxic residue. Instead, these eco-friendly garbage bags easily decompose into nutrient-rich compost.

Compostable garbage bags do not take up space in landfills because they disintegrate within a short period. This makes them more environmentally friendly as they reduce solid waste.

You also won’t have to worry about your disposable garbage bags breaking or tearing when transferring the waste from bins. These eco friendly garbage bags are 3 times stronger than traditional plastic bags. 

Reduce plastic consumption, and make green choices.

Dump the plastic.

It can be quite frustrating when trying to pick the right compostable garbage bags. Biodegradable and environmentally friendly options are abundant on the market. Here’s a quick checklist to help you understand what to look for and choose the right recyclable garbage bags.

  • Check to make sure the garbage bags for home are made from plant-based materials like cornstarch. Ingredients will include PSM or Plastarch Material.
  • Look for a label stating - No Toxic Residue. These eco-friendly bags leave no toxic residue as they are made from 100% natural materials and contain no chemicals.
  • Compost duration - Usually, the packet will indicate how long it will take for the recyclable garbage bags to compost. 
  • Make sure the compostable garbage bags are durable and suited for all types of disposals - wet/dry/domestic hazardous waste. Hazardous domestic waste usually includes diapers, pads, and tampons. 
  • Other labels to keep an eye out for are - 100% compostable, 0% plastic, and 100% eco-friendly.

The Beco Compostable Garbage Bags are made from Plastarch and are chemical-free. They are 3 times stronger than your average plastic waste bag. Durable and leakproof, these eco-friendly garbage bags usually take 6 months to compost.

Pile it in! 

Thinking of starting your own compost? 

Composting is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s also great for the environment because it helps decompose organic material into the soil, which is then used to grow new plants. Composting can be a little confusing, so here are a few tips to help you get started.

An ideal compost ratio would be 4:1. Line the compost bin alternatively first with four parts of brown waste, such as dry leaves, branches, twigs, paper, and so on. Follow it with one part of green wet waste like grass, coffee grounds, used tea leaves, egg shells, and veggie scraps. A bag of about 11 to 15 litres should be enough to hold a pile of compost for your garden. Remember to avoid putting in plastic, meat scraps, and dairy. 

Once your organic waste is in the bin, add water. The goal is to ensure the material is covered by water enough that it's soggy. If it isn’t, add more water until it is.

Now it’s time to wait. Depending on the type of composting you’re doing, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to finish the process. In the meantime, make sure to aerate the heap by turning the compost regularly.

When it’s done, you will have fresh compost that you can use to grow new plants. Happy composting!

Strong, Sturdy, and Durable

Compostable garbage bags are a great alternative to conventional waste bags as they are derived from renewable resources. By choosing the natural alternative, you are reducing more waste piling up in landfills and oceans. Additionally, these starch-based recyclable garbage bags will enrich the soil with important nutrients once decomposed.

Whether you opt for small garbage bags for kitchen or a large garbage bags or extra-large garbage bags for home, these compostable bags will leave no toxic residue behind. As a matter of fact, you can even compost your own garden waste with these eco-friendly bags.

Save the Earth, go green! 

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