A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the people from Trellis Earth to see if I wanted to check out a sample pack of their biodegradable plastic and Styrofoam replacement products. Of course I said yes as I wanted to see what these products were all about. Once the package arrived, I was pleasantly surprised as there were several different sized bags, ranging from small ones you can bring to the grocery store to fill up with produce all the way to giant ones that if I had a yard, I could fill with leaves to compost. The best part? These bags are made from corn, are completely biodegradable, have non-toxic ink on them, and are decently priced. One would expect such a product to be expensive, but I found them to be cheaper than their plastic alternative.
We have been using the bags for our trash and recycling now for over a week, and the material is just as strong as the Seventh Generation recycled trash bags we had been using. Of course, they are not made of plastic (recycled or not) so I don’t feel guilty at all throwing them in the trash bins out back. Instead of lasting up to 1,000 years in landfills as plastic bags do, these bags biodegrade to nothing within 21 days of being discarded. There are a variety of different items available from the company, including trash bags, picnic-type goods, cups, cutlery, take-out boxes and much more.
As for the great pricing that I mentioned above, if you take your typical box of recycled plastic trash bags, they normally run about $3.99 for 20 bags ($.19/bag), but they are still plastic, even if recycled. For the same size kitchen bags from Trellis Earth, it is $48.05 for 500 bags ($.09/bag), which is much cheaper, better for the environment, and not made of petroleum.
Just in case you are wondering, I am not being paid for this post nor am I receiving a shipment of 10,000 bags. I know it sounds like it, but really…the only thing I got out of this was a sample pack from the company, and I gave no promise of a review, either positive or negative. But after trying the bags for a week now, I really cannot say enough about these guys. So for the benefit of all of you out there, I contacted the company and asked if maybe they could set up a coupon code for Good Human readers, and they happily did so. In addition to the sample pack that you can get for only $4.95 with free shipping, there is now a coupon code for $5 off any orders over $40, which applies to almost anything on the site. So now, that cost comparison I wrote about above would be $43.05 for 500 13 gallon trash bags, or $0.08 per bag. The coupon code is GOODHUMAN and you can enter it right here on their site. Oh, and shipping is free. You can bet I will be ordering us trash bags this week as the ones we got in the sample pack are almost gone.
The only thing I wish they made were cat box liners. I talked to a rep there and although there were no plans to do so, he said he would pass the request along. Hopefully in the future my house can be 100% plastic bag free!