Bin Liners FAQ's
If bin bags are incinerated anyway, what's the point of swapping from plastic?
When plastic bags are burnt they release a whole host of harmful, toxic chemicals into the environment. Because our compostable bin bags are made from plant materials they won't release toxic chemicals when they're incinerated, reducing harmful emissions. Every little bit we do can help to make a big difference.
My council only accepts black bin bags.
If they’re sent to landfill they won’t break down.
However, even if our bags aren't composted and sent to landfill or incineration, they're still a much better option than their plastic alternatives. These compostable bags are made from a renewable resource (in our case, corn starch), rather than non-renewable petroleum-based plastic. What's more, these bags have a super low carbon footprint as they’re made in a Belgium factory that’s powered by 100% renewable energy.
Why are they so expensive?
Don’t these break down and make methane gas?
What material are these bags made from?
The corn starch and plant oils used come from EU grown maize. There’s no palm or soya, no virgin soil or deforestation involved with the production of these bags.
These bags will let loose rubbish into environment when break down.
A common myth! When landfills reach capacity, the waste is covered with clay and another plastic shield. Above that, several feet of dirt is topped with soil and plants. Landfills are not designed to break down waste, only store it. But rubbish in landfill does decompose, albeit much more slowly in an oxygen-free environment. Although it seems a shame to not compost these bags if possible, at least if they are wasted then they’re much less harmful to manufacture than plastics and won’t break down into microplastics.
How long will the bin liners last? (if unused).
They can last for 12 months but need to be kept in a cool / dry / out of sunlight. We advise not to store them under a sink or in a shed.