Compostable Bags

Compostable Bag

Good on Mountain Equipment Co-op in implementing the use of compostable, biodegradable bags in their stores. We use canvas bags and avoid taking plastic whenever possible, but I am really happy to see a real alternative moving into the marketplace.

From the site:

“Unlike older “biodegradable” plastic bags, BioBags are 100% compostable and biodegradable, and will disintegrate in compost in 4-12 weeks, depending on conditions. They can also be reused.

Primarily made of corn starch (made from non-GMO corn), BioBags also consist of Novamont resin and fully biodegradable polymers or polylactic acid. Production of BioBags use less energy and produce two-thirds less greenhouse gasses than the manufacture of plastic bags.”

I also like that they are using bags made of non-GMO corn.

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3 thoughts on “Compostable Bags

  1. Ireland had a great idea (I heard about it on CBC Radio this morning). A few years ago, they brought in a tax of .15 Euros (30 cents CDN, I think) on EVERY plastic bag used. Apparently plastic bag usage dropped 90% in the first year – 1 BILLION less bags were used! I think that would be a great way to make us North Americans sit up and take notice… much more effective than the 1 cent refund I get every time I use my own bag at Loblaws!

    I also like that MEC is donating money to environmental causes, instead of just giving a refund that goes nearly un-noticed on the bill. It really draws attention to the issue, and might make people ask questions that go beyond just the bags.

    Also, Lee Valley Tools has a new canvas bag for only $2.95, and it is by far one of the best shopping bags I’ve ever used. I’m buying at least 10 of them to give as Christmas presents! :)

  2. Who cares about GMO corn? heaven forbid that we are able to feed millions more a year with cultivars that grow faster and are more resistant to insects. resistance means less pesticides. when has that been a bad thing? GMOs help people, and we only use science to hasten something that has been done for thousands of years. Please become better educated about the ramifications of GMOs before you malign them.

  3. Patrick what does making shopping bags out of corn have to do with feeding the world? Are you referring to this post?

    I disagree with your argument about GMOs feeding the world. It’s a flimsy one. Starvation and hunger in this world isn’t about production since we are currently over-producing. We are producing more than enough food to feed everyone and then some.

    Not sure what your point is about science hastening something that has been done for thousands of years. Done by whom?

    Don’t accuse me of lacking education as a way to weaken my point before knowing just what my education is.

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