100% Compostable Trash Bags, 13 Gallon
CAPACITY AND DIMENSIONS: Extra Resistant Compostable 13 gallon trash bags (49.2L), Size: 25.4 in x 23.6 in (64.5cm X 60cm) .85 Mils, 120 Bags Per Roll
100% COMPOSTABLE - BIODEGRADABLE - made from cornstarch, contains NO polyethylene! Biodegrades within 45 days in an idea compost environment, leaving NO chemicals behind! Say NO to plastic bags!
USE & CARE: Avoid excessive heat, store the Linovit Green Compostable Trash Bags in a cool, dry place and used within one year of purchase. Ideal use as kitchen trash bag or kitchen trash can liner, food waste collection bag and other organic waste collection bag, in any recycle bin, compost bin, garbage can.
CERTIFIED IN US & EUROPE: Linovit Green (by Linovit Therapy) bio compostable trash bags meet the highest standards for home and municipal composting.
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COMPOSTABLE vs BIODEGRADABLE vs OXO-DEGRADABLE vs PLASTICS
Nearly every material will biodegrade, given enough time. But the length of the biodegradation process is highly dependent on environmental parameters such as humidity and temperature, which is why claiming that a plastic is “biodegradable” without any further context is misleading to consumers.
COMPOSTABLE means it breaks down to carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds, and biomass at a rate similar to paper and breaks down into small pieces in up to 90 days, so that you don’t even recognize the original compost, and it leaves no toxic residue. Compostable materials go one step further by providing the earth with nutrients once the material has completely broken down.
Compostable and BIODEGRADABLE are often used interchangeably. But they’re not the same thing. Biodegradable means that a product can be broken down without oxygen and that it turns into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass within a reasonable amount of time.
While often confused with biodegradable plastics, OXO-DEGRADABLE are a category unto themselves. They are neither a bioplastic nor a biodegradable plastic, but rather a conventional plastic mixed with an additive in order to imitate biodegredation. Oxo-degradable plastics quickly fragment into smaller and smaller pieces, called microplastics, but don’t break down at the molecular or polymer level like biodegradable and compostable plastics. The resulting microplastics are left in the environment indefinitely until they eventually fully break down.
Traditional PLASTIC is made from petroleum products. The production of petroleum-based plastics involves all kinds of chemicals, some of which have raised health concerns among consumers. The other problem is that these type of plastics do not biodegrade and they are made with a non-renewable resource: petroleum. There are just lots of environmental and health concerns associated with conventional plastics.
Different kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bags to completely degrade is at least 450 YEARS. It can even take some bags 1000 YEARS to biodegrade!
THE BENEFITS OF CORN STARCH COMPOSTABLE-BIODEGRADABLE TRASH BAGS
✔Does not contain toxins (such as polyvinyl chloride or dioxin)
✔Can be disposed of in your home compost pile
✔Eco friendly products - Comes from corn, which is a renewable resource
✔Corn allergies are not an issue since the allergen, profilin, is destroyed in the manufacturing process!
✔Producing this kind of plastic creates much less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional plastic production
✔65% less energy is needed to produce corn-based plastic than to produce conventional plastic
HOW ARE THE CORN STARCH COMPOSTABLE TRASH BAGS MADE
✔ Our garbage bags are made of compostable materials, biodegradable corn starch based! The starch is converted into a polymer, the main ingredient in materials that have a plastic-like feel. A kind of acid called polylactic acid (PLA) is made from the corn starch. This is why the corn starch bio-compostables are sometimes called PLA plastics.
✔ Compostable-Biodegradable plastics are called so because they are a step beyond just biodegradable. For a plastic to be considered compostable, it must meet certain criteria. For instance, it must decompose at the same rate as paper, and it must break down into harmless material such as water, carbon dioxide, or biomass (organic matter).
✔ Compostable plastic must not produce any toxic substances as it decomposes! It must also break down to the point that it cannot be discerned or filtered out of the surrounding compost. PLA plastics cannot be recycled. They must be composted.
WHY DO WE NEED TO STOP USING PLASTIC BAGS
Plastic Pollution In The Ocean
Nearly 13 million tones of plastic is washed into the ocean every year. Some plastics release chemicals in the water leading to cancer and other health issues, but the most prevalent issue is the consumption of plastic by animals.
Fish, turtles, and ocean birds are the largest groups affected by plastic debris. Nearly 100 million marine animals die each year directly from the consumption of plastic waste. These animals often eat plastic, which their bodies cannot digest. This blocks their digestive tract, leading to death.
Turtles have been especially affected by plastic bags in the ocean. Turtles have been known to confuse plastic bags for jellyfish and eat them unknowingly. Over half of the world’s sea turtles ingest plastic in their lifetime.
Great Pacific Garbage Patch - The North part of the Pacific Ocean is estimated to contain between 1.15 million and 2.4 million tones of plastic . It is made up of all types of waste, but the largest component is small plastic particles.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch continues to grow every year and will continue to do so until humans stop releasing waste in the ocean!
Negative effects of plastic bags on animals
On land plastic bags are consumed by animals, just like in the ocean. Animals eat food wrappers, waste, and plastic bags leading to digestive problems that can cause death.
Furthermore, animals can get trapped with bags around their heads causing them to suffocate.
Harmful effects of plastic bags on plants
Even plants are not protected from the harm caused by bags. When plastics breakdown in soil they release harmful chemicals, like Bisphenol A (BPA), that can harm natural microorganisms that plants are dependent upon for survival.
Additionally, plastic bags can get caught on plants, preventing them from getting the light or nutrients they need. The delicate natural cycles that balance ecosystems are being put into jeopardy.
Think Green! Go Green!
If a change is not made many of the natural cycles that have been in balance for thousands of years may become lopsided, leading to unknown issues for future generations who will suffer of negative effects of plastic pollution caused by our reckless behavior today.