Our plastic bags are now oxo-biodegradable. This means that the plastic undergoes a two stage oxo-biodegradation process. During stage 1 the plastic is oxidized and during stage 2 microbes consume the plastic leaving behind a reusable biomass. Provided oxygen is present, we can guarantee that only 10-15% of the original mass of the plastic will remain at the end of five years! We are excited to announce that our bags are made from 100% recycled material, the bags are 100% recyclable, and the bags are now 100% degradable.
Nobody knows for sure the answer to that question. Plastic bags have only been around for a few decades. Some experts estimate it could take a hundred years to break down, while others question if plastic bags will ever break down at all. Provided the bags are disposed of in the presence of oxygen then we guarantee full degradation to a reusable biomass by the end of five years with no reduction in the quality of the bag!!
No. Our bags are made to be disposed of in the land fill, not in your compost pile. They are designed to take an existing waste stream and allow that product to break down naturally. Also, by allowing the bags to break down, the items inside the bag are now free to break down as well.
All natural products create carbon dioxide when they break down. For example a pile of leaves, an old stump or grass clippings all emit carbon dioxide during their break down process. Compostable bags currently available in the market made from cornstarch or poly lactic acid emit methane gas during break down and leave behind no reusable biomass. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is up to 23 times more harmful to the ozone layer than carbon dioxide.