BioBag Facts

BioBag is proud to be the best selling brand of certified 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable bags made from the material, Mater-Bi. We are also proud to be the first “bag from corn” to achieve national distribution of retail products through natural food stores across the country.

Recently, the city of San Francisco selected BioBag to promote their residential food waste collection program. The city is sending 100,000 rolls of BioBags to residents within the county to help educate consumers on the importance of diverting food and other biodegradable waste from entering landfills. San Francisco residents can now purchase additional supplies at over 100 outlets in the bay area. BioBag is proud to be a partner in this important effort.
We have listed below facts and data regarding BioBag products:

* BioBag products are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute to meet the ASTM D6400 specification. The BPI logo is shown at the bottom of this page. Always look for the logo to assure the products you buy are truly biodegradable and compostable.
* BioBag products meet the new California law, SB 1749, for biodegradable and compostable product claims.
* BioBags are certified GMO Free. Furthermore, we only source corn from countries that do not allow GMO testing.
* No polyethylene is used in the production of BioBags.
* BioBags are DEN certified for restricted use of metals in our soy-based inks and dyes.
* BioBags are shelf stable, just like paper plates or paper towels. There are no chemical additives to enhance decomposition. The bags biodegrade naturally when expose to the earth’s elements and micro-organisms in the soil.
* BioBags “breathe”, which allows heat and moisture to escape or evaporate. This feature reduces bacterial build-up of collected waste, thus reducing odor.
* BioBags will decompose in a controlled composting environment in 10-45 days, leaving no harmful residues behind.
* BioBags will decompose in a natural setting at an extended rate comparable to other naturally biodegradable materials, such as paper, leaves and food waste.
* BioBags will biodegrade in both fresh and salt water. Australian studies suggest decomposition occurs between 8-14 months. We do not support placing any material in our oceans, lakes or waterways.

Landfill Placement of BioBags:

BioBags are designed to be composted and returned naturally back to the earth. If BioBags are placed in an “open” or “turned” landfill they will decompose at a rate similar to other biodegradable materials in the same setting. If BioBags are placed in an anaerobic (air-locked) landfill and deprived of oxygen and the existence of the micro-organisms that “eat” naturally biodegradable materials, their ability to decompose will be severely restricted. This is true of all biodegradable materials placed in this setting, including paper, yard waste and food waste. All of the Mater-Bi™ grades:

are completely biodegradable in different environments: in composting, in the soil, in fresh and in salt water;
can be worked using the same processes as for traditional plastics and with similar output;
can be printed on, using normal inks and printing techniques, without the need for crown treatment;
can be colored in bulk, using biodegradable Master-batches;
are intrinsically anti-static;
can be sterilized using gamma rays.

As a consumer, you should be quite suspicious of any manufacturer making claims that their products will biodegrade quickly in an air-locked landfill.


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