Hello and welcome to today’s post. We switched to biodegradable Garbage Bags a while ago now and have tried and tested a few varieties. So, I thought I would give you an insight into the pro’s and con’s of them.
Firstly, I little updated from me … As some of you may know, a friend of mine and myself have started a diploma for Solution focused hypnotherapy recently! So far, we are 3 months into the course and it’s awesome so far! This is why I have been a little lax in getting my reviews and blogs done recently. I am aiming to keep up with 1 article a week, so do keep coming back for new reviews etc! The course is jam packed with info, we are learning about the neuroscience behind everything we do and are even working with clients from the get go! As well as working with people, we will be doing case studies and lots of reading, so it’s all go on our narrowboat! The main thing is, we are already seeing the positive results of what we do. People are seeing a difference in their lives, which in turn makes us feel great and truly motivated!
Why biodegradable bags?
Whilst we know that single use plastics are becoming a huge topic of discussion, we need to understand why. You may have seen video’s on your news feeds about plastics oceans for example. I have written previously about this topic here and how we can help. There is also a lot of discussion in regard to ‘degradable’ bags and ‘biodegradable’ bags though, as not all of them are actually good for the planet!?!
It seems that these ‘degradable/biodegradable’ ones are not as good as we first thought. It does completely depend on what they are made from as it seems a lot of them break down into micro plastics, causing another sort or problem 🙁 Again, this information on micro plastics can be found on the same article which I have previously linked to above.
What should we use?
Conventional plastic rubbish bags are made with using petroleum. Firstly, a non re-usable source and is bad for the environment. The law states also that landfill should be covered and unfortunately to enable biodegradable products to degrade, they need to be exposed to the sun and air. So, in others words they don’t degrade they will just sit there like any other conventional plastic bag.
Now, when looking into these options, we decided to try different versions of the D2W bags.
D2W rubbish bags are the best we have tried so far. They are oxo-biodegradable. There seems to be a lot of sceptisim around the use of oxo-biodegradable as it is using technology which people are calling ‘bio-plastics’. In fact, these particular bags seems to be an awesome option. Oxo-biodegradation is seen in 2 different types.
- Vegetable based plastics.
- Oxo-degradable plastics.
For the case of the D2W bags, these are 100% recyclable, environmentally friendly and can be reused. When they degrade they harmlessly turn into Co2 and water. These have also been recommended for use in food caddies and they are compostable too!
Which ones do I use?
When we previously used conventional rubbish bags, we struggled to find a bag which didn’t split when taking out of the bin. Once it started to split, you had the added yuckiness off the bin juices to contend with… YUK!
So, we opted for the heavy-duty biodegradable ones. These have been amazing! Occasionally, we have a tear in them when we have filled the bag a little too much, generally speaking we have no problems at all. The non-heavy-duty ones are thinner, we did have issue with them tearing when taking them out quite easily. This however, is mainly due to us cramming too much into the bin before emptying lol. I have had really good feedback from friends and family in regard to the thinner ones, they are more sensible when emptying than me!
Compostable Bags, are they a viable option?
These are the most eco-friendly option, made with a natural starch based plastic. The main issues surrounding this type of design is that they are prone to breaking. A lot of reviews suggest that they will also start to degrade very quickly so it’s not recommended that you bulk buy as by the time you use them, they may have holes in!
However, a completely different option which I will be honest, I am not completely comfortable with, are bags made from High-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic. This particular plastic is considered environmentally friendly, mainly because is it strong and very recyclable. They are made mainly from post consumer products, which means they are created from something which has reached the end of its life and can be recycled again and again. Although these are not biodegradable, they are strong and reusable. Bags for life is a good example of this. In regard to bin bags, I personally wouldn’t recommended them. If they are sent to landfill and not sorted to be recycled, they will never degrade.
It’s YOUR choice
Which ever you choose, I believe you would do your own research on top of mine. I have spent a lot of time gathering this information and I know there is a lot more out there. We like the D2W bags personally and highly recommended them. They take roughly 1 year to degrade harmlessly to water and o2, which give me the warm and fuzzies! Until next time, please, please, please, think before you buy 🙂