Posts Tagged ‘Earth Friendly’

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.







Preserve Mixing Bowls Product Review

Posted on: February 10th, 2011 by missycoppage 1 Comment
So I have decided to start adding product reviews to the page.  This first one is one of my most favorite items in my kitchen. 


Preserve Mixing Bowl Set

These fabulous bowls, which come in a set of 3, are made entirely of recycled #5 plastics.  They are also completely recyclable themselves if for some crazy reason you ever needed to get rid of them.  They have an easy grip handle on the side and a pour spout on the other.  They are the EASIEST bowls to clean ever.  Nothing I have ever made in my kitchen including wheat gluten flour to make seitan has ever stuck to the bowl for very long.  I have never even had to soak them.  Everything washes off quickly and easily.
The set comes with 3 bowls as I mentioned before.  There is a 2 quart, a 3 quart, and a 4 quart bowl.  They are dishwasher safe and are BPA and melamine free.  Since they are plastic, they will not break if dropped or if your children get their hands on them.
For more information visit the Preserve Products website.
There are many places to purchase these bowls.
Here in Lake Charles, mine came from Target.
If you wanted to purchase them online, they can be found in a variety of prices from around $16 to $27.  Here is a Google Products Website with links to many different places to purchase them.