Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Environmentally Friendly Kitchen Compost Bags

Time for another com'post'. 

Get it... com 'post', because it's a blog post. And it's about compost....com 'post' ing. HA. Good thing I think I'm so funny :) 

Alright, onward to the topic. 

So we've been on this composting kick at our house. We had a plan for outside, but bringing the composting inside was a whole different topic. 

Part of the point of us composting is to reduce garbage in the form of food scraps. That means we need to either purchase or make a small indoor compost bin that's attractive enough to sit on the kitchen counter, or small enough to move from the counter to under the sink. Inside would go all of our potato peels, chopped carrot ends, banana peels..etc. That was the easy part.

The harder part was deciding what kind of bags to use. Do we purchase small garbage bags? Or maybe even use the old plastic grocery bags that we save after shopping?

What if we just leave it empty of a bag and throw the scraps directly into the bin?
In that scenario, the scraps would sit in the bin for a couple of days because, let's be honest, who has time to empty it every day? So day three of your food scraps melding together in the kitchen bin rolls around and you finally decide to take it outside to your compost tumbler. When you empty the small container, you notice it's gotten nasty in there. 

Now what? Now you have to scrub out the gunk, clean it with hot soapy water, then let it dry before you're able to use it again.

That program wasn't appealing to me and my poor husband would probably be the one left cleaning the bin every couple of days.

So I started researching compostable bags. I wanted to find something that would biodegrade fast, and also that wouldn't harm our compost pile by containing any toxins. After quite a bit of research, this is what I came up with;

Below are some of the reasons that I chose to go with BioBag.
  1. They are 100% biodegradable & 100% compostable. 
  2. Made from non-GMO starches, vegetable oils and cellulose
  3. The majority of the bags are made in the USA. One of their main production plants is located in California.  
  4. High Water Vapor Transmission Rate (WVTR), which means, in Allison terms, less mold, fungus and stink because the bag can breathe.
  5. USDA Certified biobased product. 
  6. ASTM D6400 Certified, meaning it passed the test for it's ability to decompose in ideal composting conditions. Also, that the product will not have adverse impacts on the ability of the compost to support plant growth, which is a very important factor here. 
The bags will completely disintegrate in the compost pile without releasing any toxins, and the decomposed matter that's left in the compost will not hinder any plant growth, which is very important to us because we'll be using it for our vegetable garden.

The size is also perfect, they're 3 gallon bags, which just right for a small container that can be moved from under the sink onto the counter when it's being used.

They don't just manufacture kitchen compost bags, here are just a few of the other products they offer;
  • Pet Waste Bags - perfect for taking to the dog parks or on walks around the city.
  • Lawn, Leaf & Garden Waste Bags - to bag up your clippings for the compost pile. 
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Kitchen Cling Wrap - like the other products, made with zero plasticizers.
  • Produce Bags - great for bagging produce at the farmer's market. 


As always, I purchased mine through Amazon. In addition to doing my own research, I love being able to see the reviews from real people before I make the purchase. Because all products are compostable, they need to be stored in a cool, dry area and used within one year.

Have you tried these before? If not, what do you use for your compostable bags?

In case you missed it, check here for a 'how-to' on composting and check out our DIY compost bin.


  1. Umm, we don't compost. I JUST started recycling a year or so ago, and that has been a huge garbage reducer. Plus, I don't garden (it's dirty), so I don't have use for compost.

    1. You just made me laugh out loud. Yes, it's dirty :) We started recycling about two months ago and, yes, it's CRAZY how much it reduces the garbage. Hopefully now between composting and the dogs, we should have about zero garbage. Kelly is all excited about that!


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