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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 7:53 pm 
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Last year we had big problems with flies and maggots in our bins during Summer. The council advised us to wrap food waste in newspaper. That was not very successful. I was determined to not give up and I knew a simple answer of using a paper bag would work. I eventually found a 100% compostable and tough paper that was made into bags and the bags worked great. I setup my own company http://www.biosack.co.uk selling these bags and it has helped thousands of people to compost. I hope this will inspire others with their with their own ideas to help the environment to go out and do them and take that chance.


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Heck, I can get paper bags from the grocery store and they're free.

Besides, normally what I do is take an empty plastic one gallon milk jug, cut off the top, throw my organic garbage in there then toss it out on the "compost heap". Makes great fertilizer for a garden too. Plus I'm reusing the milk jug over and over again and not killing any trees in the process. Ain't I quite the environmentalist?

BTW, welcome to the board.

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The issue of killing trees is not relevant to these products. The trees are farmed in a sustainable way and it is the scrap from that which is used. However, it is VERY likely that the 'free' paper bags are from trees cut commercially and dont have any controlling management inplace. As an aside paper made from recycled paper will not (in my experience) meet EN13432 for compostability as it often contains contaminants unsuitable for the human food chain. Compost is very likely to end up as part of our food chain so be careful what you compost and where.


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teignage - I applaud your efforts to find a biodegradable, sustainable bag for waste. But I do encourage you to use resources that do not necessarily rely upon altering the environment, such as forestry. Although plastic is something that does not break down as easily as wood, it can be re-used and recycled - even the bags you put food in. Just rinse them out and return them to your grocery store.

I live in the Pacific Northwest. I see what 'sustainable forestry' does to the environment, especially on private land where clearcuts are still allowed. And we don't even need to talk about South America, do we? Let's work towards alternatives to wood products.

Compost your food, recycle and re-use your plastic bags. Skip the paper and save a tree. :D

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Welcome, teignage. I found backyard chickens to be the solution for backyard composting in a semi-arid climate. They turn the compost with their digging, eat bugs & larvae, and lay eggs every day. Last summer was very wet, and our neighbors had so many mosquitos & other annoying bugs that they couldn't enjoy the outdoors, but our yard was virtually bug-free.


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