The Most Sustainable Bin Liners and Produce Bags in 2022
If you clicked on this article, we are proud to see you looking at alternatives to single-use plastic and being interested in the most sustainable bin liners and produce bags in Australia. At Compostable Alternatives, certified home compostable products are our specialty and we’ve been spending the past three years researching the best and most sustainable products on the market.
2022 is just around the corner and plastic bags and bin liners are still a huge problem in Australia. We’ve collected some facts in order to better understand why we care so much about offering a solution to the plastic bag problem.
- Australians use four billion plastic bags annually, which means over 10 million new bags are used every day, or that we each use 200 a year.
- Approximately 30 to 50 million plastic bags end up as litter on our beaches, streets and parks. And plastic bags don’t go away; they just break up into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic, taking between 15 and 1,000 years to break down in the environment.
- 80% of rubbish that is dumped into our oceans are plastic bags.
- Australians throw away about 7,150 recyclable plastic bags a minute, with 429,000 recyclable plastic supermarket bags dumped into landfill every hour.
- Only 3% of Australia’s plastic bags are recycled, despite recycling facilities being available at major supermarkets.
- The energy consumed in the life cycle of one plastic bag is estimated to be equivalent to 13.8 millilitres of crude oil, or about a teaspoonful.
That’s terrifying and it needs to stop, we’ve done enough damages to our planet.
Looking for the most sustainable bin liner and certified home compostable solution, we came across this local business who manufactures bin liners and produce bags right here in Adelaide, South Australia! We first discovered them when they made the first page of the Newspapers last year with their World’s First compostable cucumber wrap to replace the single-use plastic wrapper!
We visited Scott, Biobag’s Managing Director, earlier this year and discovered how flexible bags, garbage bags and other produce bags were made. Biobag is the Australian leading manufacturer of compostable bags and we are very excited to have their certified home compostable products on board for your cafes and restaurants.
The products we selected are made from a compostable polymer. In the presence of organisms (in soil, home or industrial compost), these organisms will start eating the products. What’s left? carbon dioxyde, biomass and water. That’s it.
At Compostable Alternatives we are proud to be working with partners who support similar values of home compostability. That’s why we selected this range of certified home compostable products, specifically designed for businesses:
Switching to certified home compostable bags not only allows you to have a direct impact eliminating the number of plastic bags going to landfill, it also benefits the circular economy! Composting those bags also means:
- adding nutrients back into the soil
- retaining water
- reducing the amount of chemicals used in agriculture
- increasing the yield
- growing more amazing products so we can continue the cycle again
It also means not worrying about where they end up as they are home compostable! The most sustainable bin liner has to be easy to dispose of.
Imagine if all:
- supermarkets were giving these home compostable produce bags instead of plastic ones.
- restaurants were using these home compostable bin liners instead of plastic ones.
- commercial kitchens were using these freezing home compostable bags instead of plastic ones.
- butchers were using these home compostable bags instead of plastic ones.
Did you know?
After an animal is killed by plastic bags, its body decomposes and the plastic is released back into the marine environment where it can kill other wildlife.
A Bryde’s whale died on a Cairns beach after ingesting six square metres of plastic – including plastic bags. Such obstructions in animals can cause severe pain, distress and death.
On land, plastic bag litter can block drains, trap birds and kill livestock. One farmer near Mudgee NSW carried out an autopsy on a dead calf and found 8 plastic bags in its stomach.
It has been estimated that it costs governments, businesses and community groups over $4 million a year to clean up littered plastic shopping bags.
Reducing our use of plastic bags is an important step towards a sustainable future. Each plastic bag you don’t use represents resources saved for use by future generations of Australians.
Source: Planet Ark www.planetark.org; Clean Up Australia www.cleanup.org.au; Government of South Australia, News Release – SA Pushes Ahead with Bag Ban by end of year http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/media/media207.pdf; Plastic bags join the endangered species list http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/plastic-bags-join- endangeredlist/2008/01/09/1199554742673.html
About the author:
Marion is a French entrepreneur, profoundly interested in the composting industry. Her words are her own thoughts and come from her research and learning. Although she quotes and sources the information she shares, Marion is not a scientist or a researcher and her opinions should not be understood as a scientific truth.
Through her findings and experience in the industry, she is attempting to support hospitality businesses and producers in their search of alternative choices to single-use and other types of plastic packaging. You should always do your own research to best inform yourself.
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