BioBag To The Test: The Garbage Bag That's Garbage

BioBag To The Test: The Garbage Bag That's Garbage

Abby Stone
Jul 26, 2010

Although we compost and recycle, we still generate some trash. We jumped for joy the day we discovered BioBags but now, after giving them a good long run, we're not so sure that they'll make our shopping list ever again.

The first time we emptied our garbage after using one for a few weeks (we live alone and it can take us a week or two to fill up our kitchen's trash), we noticed that the bag was shredded. That's odd, we thought. Perhaps our garbage can was damp. So we washed the plastic can, dried it and started again. Another week, another shredded bag. Sure, there were some damp items in there but that's to be expected in a kitchen and, after all, these were kitchen bags. We checked the package. We'd followed the instructions, used the bags within six months of purchasing them and never dumped hot liquids in the bag. Then we heard somewhere that we're supposed to change the bag every three days. Every three days?

And so we're looking for an alternative. Should we collect the occasional plastic bag? A paper bag? Maybe we shouldn't even use a bag at all. Have you used BioBags and do you have any tips for using them? Is there another brand we should try?

(Image: Green Space Goods)

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