Mountain Equipment Co-Op has BioBags


It’s about time that someone came up with a biodegradable “plastic” shopping bag! I found this biodegradable bag on Canadian company Mountain Equipment Co-Op’s website. The bag is made by BioBag Canada Inc., which creates a number of eco-friendly products. The bag is made mostly of maize starch, and it can break down in 10-45 days, depending on how you compost it. If you don’t want to compost your bag, you can also recycle it! Read more about the BioBag here.

The MEC website also has a nice write up on why paper bags are not necessarily an eco-friendly replacement for plastic bags:

At first glance, paper bags seem to be the solution: they’re made from a renewable resource, and they’re biodegradable and recyclable. But paper bags consume many times more energy to create and transport than plastic bags. Manufacturing paper also puts out a considerable amount of air pollution and consumes a lot of water. In addition, paper bags are not as durable as plastic in wet weather.

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  1. I’ve started a mission and am looking for sponsors/ideas… idealy I would like a company to donate bags for this mission.
    It’s “Clean the beach with me” campaign.
    I will be heading the project and will be rotating san diego beaches every week. I’ve been getting a large turnout.
    Please jump on board with me.
    Kristi 760-889-0751

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