Types Of Biodegradable Bags
Landfills are bursting with plastic bags from sandwiches, snacks, grocery stores and millions more used to store our kitchen scraps until collection day arrives. This is a problem that some manufacturers are beginning to address by making biodegradable products whose life in a landfill will be shorter than with previous products.
The typical garbage bag is made of petroleum-based materials with additional chemicals added for strength and solubility. Petroleum-based bags take hundreds of years to degrade into smaller particles that are toxic to the environment and its inhabitants. By comparison, biodegradable bags are based on organic materials such as cornstarch and other plant-based organic compounds that have no adverse effect on the environment.
Many plastic manufacturers boast claims that their bags are made from at least 70 percent recycled plastic materials, one such company is Seventh Generation's line of plastic bags. While the effort to recycle petroleum-based products to reduce their environmental impact is worthy of mention, the fact remains that since these bags are petroleum-based, they will take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill environment and the slush they create is chemically toxic.
European and American standards for biodegradable bags are used to create a new generation of biodegradable sealable bags, plastic wraps and garbage bags that, at the moment, are difficult to find in the average grocery store, but with a minimum of effort can be ordered online directly from the distributors or through popular shopping sites.