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Biodegradable Trash Bags for Lawn and Leaves

Posted on: March 4th, 2011 by missycoppage No Comments
So, as far as yard work goes, I tend to let it all pile up and then just mow it all up into “mulch” once the grass starts growing.  We usually do one big yard clean up per season and I hate with a passion having to fill all those plastic bags with yard clippings.  I bothers me to know that they just end up in a landfill somewhere for all eternity.  Did you know that regular plastic bags can take over 100 years to degrade? So for this product review I decided to try 2 different kinds of biodegradable bags for lawn and leaves.  The two products I chose were: 

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Like I mentioned, it had been a while since we last cleaned our yard, probably around 6-8 months, so we had quite the task ahead of us.  Some of the lawn waste was wet and moldy and some was dry, so we figured this would be a good test of these products.  In the end we decided we like the Garbax Paper Lawn and Leaf Bags the most.  (We ended up using 15 bags to finish the front yard, image that much plastic going to waste) Here are the pros and cons of each product.
Pros:
30 Gallon Bags-Very large in size,
2 Ply – strong
Free Standing – This was my favorite part,
Biodegradable,
Paper is a renewable resource
Pricefound these for $2 for 5 bags at Big Lots
Easy to Seal – Just roll the top down

Cons:
Still killing trees?


Pros:
Biodegradable and Compostable
GMO Free
Vegetable Based inks and dyes
Polyethylene free

Cons:
Not Free Standing,
Thin plastic – tears easily with twigs and sticks,
Wet debris begins biodegrading almost immediately,
Price – $8-$10 for 5 bags

In the end we decided to use the remaining BioBags for going camping and for other waste.  The main problems with the BioBags was how fast holes formed in the bags once wet debris was placed inside.  Even the tiniest of twigs poked additional holes through the bags.  I like the idea of not using paper, but instead using a bag “based on starch vegetable oil and other renewable resources”, but they just did not impress me like I hoped they would. They were expensive, they broke down too easily, and they were a pain to fill up since they are not free standing.