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Surprising Secrets of Biodegradable Plastic Bags

Posted By : David Redston

The Truth About Biodegradable Trash Bags … and the Compostable Alternative

Are you under the impression that by using biodegradable trash bags you’re helping the environment?

Well, allow us to break the bad news, but biodegradable trash bags aren’t what you think. As for compostable trash bags, that’s another story (which we’ll get to), but let’s start with first things first – namely, the biodegradable option.

Biodegradable trash bags give most of us a warm and fuzzy feeling. Who doesn’t want to help the environment, right?

In fact, if you’re like me, you’ve preceded your purchase of biodegradable bags with a well-intended thought process that goes something like this: If I buy this bag, my trash will magically go back to nature – an ashes-to-ashes-dust-to-dust sort of thing – which makes me happier than imagining it rotting in a landfill. Hmm. I guess I’ll buy a box … or five.

But what your mother never told you – forgive her; she didn’t know – is that biodegradable trash bags are anything but the environment’s friend.