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Compostable Bags - Make the Switch!

by Katherine Crawford

Plastic bags are filling up our landfills, suffocating our planet and leaking chemicals into our water and food systems. As a society, we’ve come to realize the harmful effects of excess plastic use on our environment, as most acknowledged through plastic bag regulations in certain parts of our country. Cities like Seattle, Chicago, Portland, Austin, and the entire state of California all have successfully banned plastic bags from being used in retailers to protect the environment. In their place, we are encouraged to purchase more sturdy, reusable mixed-material bags to bring on our grocery trips. Although this saves us from wasting tons of single-use plastic bags, these reusable bags we carry around are not much better.

Reusables are made up of many different materials that make them tricky to recycle. When a handle breaks, or when we acquire too many, they eventually make their way into our landfills, promising to sit there for hundreds of years. Luckily, there’s now a solution to this. Compostable bags are now a reality through the use of incredibly strong plant fibers that are free of additives. That’s right, a bag that’s just as durable as your reusable plastic one in the closet, but these ones only take 3-6 months to break down in compost.

Photo Courtesy of Stardust Sustainables

Stardust bags are one of the more affordable bags on the market, made using Jute fiber and a bit of cotton. Jute has been cultivated and woven into very strong threads since Ancient times. Better yet, it is typically grown without using pesticides or fertilizers. You can find Stardust bags on Amazon in a 3 pack for only $20 (or check out their website at Stardust.earth !), along with other different types of compostable bags at mixed prices such as Progreen, Green Earth and Natural Partners. Farewell, plastic bags!

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