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What do you use for trash bags?

I'm finishing off a box of regular trash bags and would like to use something more biodegradable and not plastic, if possible..  We have a round trash can, so a paper bag wouldn't really work, plus, I'd be concerned about it leaking. 

 We already use dog poop bags made from corn, so I'm going to check to see if they make trash bags, but I wanted to see what everyone else uses.

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#1  12.11.11
#2  10.23.13 EDD

Re: What do you use for trash bags?

  • I do not use these; but, I read Natural Health magazine and on the contents page of the April/May issue the model is carrying a bag of garbage.  The brownish-colored bag has a Tree and a man's head/face.  Below the head it says "Green Genius  ridiculously strong biodegradable plasic" not sure if you want to use that or not but I can also read the website printed on the bag "thegreengenius.com" if you are interested.
  • I found the article that mentions the garbage bags.

     "Take out the trash in a biodegradable bag.  Plastic garbage bags are often made using petroleum--and end up staying in the landfill long after your waste has disintegrated. Swap your go-to branch for Green Genius' biodegradable garbage bags ($6 for 15; amazon.com), which are surprisingly sturdy."

     Ouch...$2.50 per bag! 

    My step-grandmother lives in a VERY rural location and they have no trash service.  Her only choice is to burn what they can't compost/recycle.  Again, she's VERY rural and makes it to the grocery maybe once a month.  She keeps all the cans and does manage to take them to town to recycle but for what she ends up burning, she has a small garbage can and uses old paper grocery bags.  You could use that.  It might force you to rethink what you throw away and can recycle.  She tries to repurpose things but again, you can only keep so much and not everything is compostable or recyclable.  At least be mindful of what you are throwing away.

  • image NikiLynn:
    I found the article that mentions the garbage bags.

     "Take out the trash in a biodegradable bag.  Plastic garbage bags are often made using petroleum--and end up staying in the landfill long after your waste has disintegrated. Swap your go-to branch for Green Genius' biodegradable garbage bags ($6 for 15; amazon.com), which are surprisingly sturdy."

     Ouch...$2.50 per bag!
    ...

    That's actually $.40/bag

    In my opinion, yes, plastic sucks, but i'd rather have plastic in the landfill than biodegrading liners which will release methane as they decompose.  Also in my experience, biodegradable bags tend to leak.  We only use a bag every 2 weeks or so, so it's not a ton of waste we're generating, in this way, anyway.

    EDD 9/24/13 BabyFetus Ticker
    Best sound ever: baby's heartbeat! (Heard @ 10w1d)
  • Sorry...I was dividing $15 by 6...not the other way around as I should have done.... < Embarrassed  >

  • We've been using Perf Go Green for about 6 mos or so and have no complaints.  In fact, we just stocked up on some a month ago since Office Max had them on clearance.
    Matt loves Munkii!!!
  • image munkii:
    We've been using Perf Go Green for about 6 mos or so and have no complaints.  In fact, we just stocked up on some a month ago since Office Max had them on clearance.

    treehugger says that the bags are made from recyclable plastic, but they are not biodegradable (despite what packaging states). so i guess it depends on what you are looking for. 

    June 13, 2009 ~ Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • I put out 1 kicthen sized bag every 2 weeks so I just use regular bags. There is so much mixed info on biodegradable bags in the landfill so this is an area I have decided to save my money on.
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