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Cool Idea: Composting Bags

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, yard trimmings and food residuals make up 25 percent of the total waste sent to the dump. By composting, you can help to reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills.

SunChips, which is an advertiser on our site, is one of the companies working to green its business practices, and I wanted to highlight its good work in this area. The company is working to develop the the first 100 percent compostable chip bag of its kind, currently planned to launch in 2010. So, instead of throwing an empty bag in the trash and sending it to the landfill, consumers will be able to toss it directly into a home composter. As a first step toward the goal, the company is making all 10.5 oz. bags of SunChips snacks with 33 percent renewable materials. This step, as well as the company's solar field in Modesto, CA, helps to reduce the company's carbon emissions by 1.7 million pounds every year.

There are actually a variety of biodegradable home cleaning products on the market right now, including biodegradable garbage bags and sponges. Check them out below.

To check out a video of the SunChips bag biodegrading before your very eyes,



Join The Conversation
spaghetina spaghetina 8 years
Isn't the point of a biodegradable garbage kind of moot? I'm definitely no expert, but from what I've read, pretty much nothing ever breaks down in landfills because the garbage is piled so high that it never really gets the chance - something about air and sunlight or something never reaching it. So unless you're burying it in your backyard, will it really make a difference if the bags are biodegradable or not? Someone enlighten me!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
So does anybody know of a way to compost in a condo without making it smell horrific?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Those kitchen scrubbers are so cute!
queenegg queenegg 8 years
Thank you. I'm trying to make the house more green and I need to know stuff like this.
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