60 Bags: Shopping bags biodegrade in just two months

60BAGs are fully biodegradable bags made from flax-viscose non-woven fabric that, when dumped in your local garden, yard, or compost pile, will break down in just two months. They can be manufactured in a variety of styles and sizes, labeled with a store's brand, or pretty much anything else you'd expect. As they're made and manufactured in Poland, however, it might be a while before you see them in North America. [via Core77]
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3 Responses to 60 Bags: Shopping bags biodegrade in just two months

  1. technogeek says:

    Then there’s the other approach: Reusable shopping bags. I just bought 25 pounds of rice which came ub a “free” fabric bag — pretty durable, good handle on it, zipper closure — which of course is proudly emblazoned with the manufacturer’s name. They get advertising, we get to avoid one bag immediately and can reuse that bag when shopping for other things.

    But, yeah, for smaller bags and for things which don’t normally come in that size, compostable disposable bags are a good thing. On the other other hand, paper bags already meet that requirement. On the other other OTHER hand, flax is a more renewable resource than wood pulp… depending on what processing it into this form does to the environment. I’d like to see a breakdown of those costs.

  2. Nur says:

    Reusable bags are always better. That’s very simple and obvious. But paper bags really aren’t better – just think about why they got replaced with stronger, cheaper, waterproof plastic bags with handles.

    It actually takes more energy to produce a paper bag than a plastic one and that’s not even taking into account the effect of the raw materials. Paper making isn’t a green industry.

    The greener way is to reuse your plastic carrier bags rather than taking the paper bag every time you buy something.

  3. toolguyd says:

    The last time I used an “organic green” bag, it decomposed in the trunk of my car. Granted I should not have kept it there for two weeks last spring, but it was definitely an eye-openner.

    I’ll likely still prefer the 99 cent reusable bags from the grocery store.

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