Itâ€™s about time that someone came up with a biodegradable â€œplasticâ€ shopping bag! I found this biodegradable bag on Canadian company Mountain Equipment Co-Opâ€™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 donâ€™t want to compost your bag, you can also recycle it! Read more about the BioBag here.
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.