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The best biodegradable garbage bags available in 2020

The best biodegradable garbage bags available in 2020

Biodegradable garbage bags are now available on Amazon in 2020. There are quite a few options to choose from, so I will assist in breaking it down (haha, see what I did there?).

If you’re looking to be a bit greener and ditch single use plastics, this is one of the biggest impact changes with not much effort.

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Why make the swap to biodegradable garbage bags?

This is a no-brainer swap if you’re trying to be eco-friendly, in my opinion. Every week my husband and I throw out at least one bag of trash. Of course, I assume for larger families, it could easily be multiple.

Unfortunately, our small city has a silly rule that we must throw out our trash bags in city approved bags. This means that were putting plastic bags… into another (thinner and easily rippable) plastic bag. We figured it would make sense to at least use biodegradable bags. This way, we are not throwing away double the plastic.

So while we are not entirely zero waste yet (hence the website name) this is a huge step.

The Impact of Plastic Bags on the Environment

In America, we use 100 billion plastic bags a year. Additionally, the process of creating plastic bags requires 12 million barrels of oil. As we all know, oil is a fossil fuel, and to keep our planet alive and green for centuries to come, we must reduce our consumption of oil to zero.

Also, apparently only one percent of plastic bags are returned to be recycled. The other 99 percent end up in landfills or somewhere else in our environment.

Another issue is that once plastic bags get into the soil, they release toxic chemicals. They also eventually break into smaller parts, which could then be ingested by animals.

Biodegradable Garbage Bag Options

Now that you’re thoroughly convinced single use plastic bags are bad, here are some of the best options on amazon.

AYOTEE Heavy Duty Compostable Garbage Bags

Ayotee Bags

These bags have over 1200 reviews on amazon, with 89% of them being 4 or 5 stars. There is a pro and con list to follow based on the reviews, but there really aren’t many cons I could find.

The cons listed are from some 1-3 star reviews, so take these with a grain of salt, especially since they only account for about 11% of all reviews.

Pros

  • Heavy Duty, 1.18Mils thickness (normal is 0.9Mils for most)
  • 60 count (higher than normal)
  • Prime shipping
  • Can be put into compost bin if you have one
  • BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified
  • Many size options

Cons

  • Must put food or wet items in later in the week to avoid decomposing the bag too early
  • Few reported that the bags are not as heavy duty as advertised

UNNI ASTM Compostable Garbage Bags

Unni Bags

These biodegradable garbage bags are advertised as being heavy duty, however their thickness is only 0.89Mils, so I would go with Ayotee bags that were listed earlier. There are almost 2400 reviews on Amazon with 85% of them being 4-5 star. There are generally more negative reviews than Ayotee, with around 15% being 1-3 star.

The lower star reviews mention that the bag is easy to rip, and if you put in damp trash or wet food, the bag begins to decompose rather quickly.

Pros

  • Cheap for 50 bags
  • Prime shipping
  • Can be put into compost bin if you have one
  • BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified
  • Many size options

Cons

  • Must put food or wet items in later in the week to avoid decomposing the bag too early
  • Few reported that the bags are not as heavy duty as advertised

BioBag Compostable Kitchen Bags

BioBag Bags

The biodegradable garbage bags from BioBag seem to have great reviews, with 90% being 4-5 stars. On the flip side, obviously, only 10% of customers didn’t like the bags. This is from about 1500 reviews. The lower 1-3 star reviews also state these bags suffer from the same issues as the last two, wet trash or food will cause these to decompose quickly.

Pros

  • Prime shipping
  • Can use Subscribe and Save to reduce cost
  • Can be put into compost bin if you have one
  • BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified
  • Many size options

Cons

  • 48 count (less bags than most other options)
  • Wet trash and/or food will cause these to decompose quickly
  • 0.68Mils meaning these are the thinnest bags out of the list

Summary

If you’re looking to swap out your single use plastic garbage bags for compostable ones, AYOTEE Heavy Duty Compostable Garbage Bags are your best bet. The other two options reviewed just aren’t at the same quality, although the BioBag ones had a higher overall rating on Amazon.

At the end of the day, each of these companies are doing the same thing with mostly the same materials. The only difference is the thickness of the bags and how quickly they decompose. There are other options on amazon for biodegradable garbage bags, however these are some of the most reviewed.

If you wish to learn about more eco friendly products and issues, check out our posts on eco consciousness!

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