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  • If You Care Compostable Trash Bags 13 Gallon

    If You Care Compostable Trash Bags are strong because they're made from potato starch from non-GMO potatoes blended with a certified, fully-compostable polymer. No plasticizers or polyethylene added. Which means you don't have to sacrifice quality for your values. (If you want to geek on facts, scroll down, otherwise just add 'em to your cart.)

    Note: This is a GREAT bag for folks who compost coffee, coffee filters, tea bags, left over food, etc. and therefore don't throw that stuff in their kitchen garbage. This bag is NOT GREAT if you want throw wet or acidic garbage in it. If that's the case, you could double bag it or try this 89% recycled plastic bag.


    • Polyethylene free
    • No plasticizers
    • 100% certified compostable
    • Made from GMO-free potatoes (not grown for food for it doesn't divert from food supplies)
    • Requires 40% less land to grow than corn
    • Requires less water than corn, only rainfall, no irrigation
    • Fits all tall kitchen bins (13 gallon)
    • Made in France
    • Fits up to 13-gallon or 49.2 liter can.
    • Dimensions: 2' X 2' 1 1/4" (61cm X 64.5cm) X.75 mil
    • Store bags in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight
    • Not suitable for backyard composts
    Plastic trash/garbage bags.


    What Makes Potato Starch Strong?
    Starch is a mixture of a linear (amylose) and a branched (amylopectin) polymer of glucose. Potato starch has a higher percentage of amylopectin than either corn or wheat starch. Amylopectin gives starch its structural integrity, so it helps make If You Care Compostable Trash Bags stronger than bags made from corn starch.

    Any Other Reasons for Potato Starch?
    The potato starch used to make If You Care Compostable Trash Bags comes from starch potatoes, which are not grown as a food source, but only for starch production. These potatoes are too high in starch to be good for food. Therefore, there is no diversion from food supplies. In addition, to produce the same amount of starch from these potatoes as from corn requires 40% less land. Other compostable bags are made from corn which requires more water, but potatoes require no irrigation, and need only normal rainfall.

    Why Use Compostable Trash Bags?
    Approximately 80 million tons of waste (U.S. EPA figures) which goes to landfill annually is material which under the right conditions, can be turned into compost, including food scraps, yard trimmings and non-recyclable paper. In a landfill environment, this trapped organic material (leaves, grass etc.) releases methane gas – a greenhouse gas – contributing to global warming. Diverting food scraps and yard trimmings from landfill to compost facilities – either municipal or commercial in areas where available – contributes significantly to preserving our planet and natural resources.

    100% GMO-free potato starch and a fully compostable polymer.

    100% recycled paper board processed chlorine free (PCF). Printed using vegetable based inks and dyes as a substitute for petroleum based inks. This reduces the amount of VOCs released into the air during printing.

    Manufactured in France.

    CERT #5051348, Compostable in Industrial Facilities
    ASTM D6400, will compost readily and safely in municipal or commercial composting facility.

    If You Care brand was created in 1990 and started with unbleached coffee filters. If You Care had the first and only unbleached coffee filters in North America at that time. Parchment Baking Paper and Baking Cups soon followed, both unbleached as well. There was no other brand in the North American market offering brown chlorine-free paper products.

    If You Care products are produced with a view to reducing the amount of waste in our waste streams. If possible, nothing should remain after the product has been used and properly disposed of.

    Ideally, we would divert more waste from landfills to compost facilities and we would use less stuff in general that needs to be tossed. The reality today is that we have trash... so if you must throw it out, and it must go to a landfill, we like these bags. We understand they are intended for composting. However, for our conscience, if ever landfills are reengineered to allow waste to be broken down, this bag does less harm than its traditional counterparts. So, we're going with this bag today, in homes of a better tomorrow.

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