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BioBag Announces New Non-GMO Project Verification

BioBag, a world leader in providing bags for the collection of organic waste for the purpose of composting, is proud to announce that the company’s 3 Gallon Food Scrap Bags and 13 Gallon Food Scrap Bags have been Non-GMO Project Verified. The company is also in the process of verifying their compostable commercial liners and produce bags.

“BioBag makes compostable bags from a resin based on agriculture resources, including corn, which is a focal point of our logo and something we get asked about frequently. This verification by the Non-GMO Project is important to us to showcase to our customers our commitment to sourcing and supporting non-GMO crops,” said Jennifer Pope, Vice President of Marketing for BioBag.

The Non-GMO Project is the leading third-party non-GMO verification system in the United States. Products must meet strict criteria for GMO avoidance to achieve verification. Even though BioBag is an international company, and their products have established third-party non-GMO verification from international sources since the company’s inception in the early 2000’s, they knew how essential it would be to the U.S. market to meet the Non-GMO Project Standard.

“The verification label is predominantly seen on consumable food products, but we went the extra mile to certify our non-food products to align with consumer preferences and natural food retailer initiatives for non-GMO here in the U.S.,” said Pope. “It was a rigorous process for us and our supplier, but we are excited now to have the butterfly adorn our products.”

The announcement from BioBag Americas coincides with the 8th annual celebration of Non-GMO Month in October. The Non-GMO Project butterfly is the fastest-growing label in the natural products industry and represents more than 40,000 verified products. The butterfly will begin to appear on BioBag’s packaging and marketing materials in the coming months alongside their other notable certifications by the Biodegradable Product Institute for municipal compostability and Vincotte’s OK Compost Home for home compostability. Earning all three badges propels BioBag to further leadership status within their category.

About BioBag Americas, Inc.

BioBag is a world leader in providing bags and films for the collection of organic waste for the purpose of composting. Its mission is to keep organic waste from ever entering a landfill. Unlike regular plastic bags, BioBags are made from a resin derived from plants, vegetable oils, and compostable polymers and can be consumed by micro-organisms that live in our soils. Because of this, BioBags compost readily along with organic waste at municipal composting facilities. BioBag is not a large, petroleum-based, plastic bag manufacturer that now conveniently dabbles in the new world of compostable bags. BioBag is a small company of dedicated employees who are fully committed to only producing certified compostable bags and films. Additional information can be found at www.biobagusa.com.

About the Non-GMO Project

www.nongmoproject.org


Swedish Strawberry Producer Uses BioAgri* Compostable Film

*BioBag Agricultural Film is sold under the name “BioAgri” in European markets and “BioBag Ag Film” in North American markets.

Peter Löfvenholm from BioBag and Ola Svensson from Finnerödja
inspect the BioAgri film three months after planting. 

Swedish strawberry producer Finnerödja recently chose to test BioAgri – a compostable and biodegradable alternative to traditional agricultural mulch film. After one year, Finnerödja concluded the addition of BioAgri was a success, and they are looking forward to using the compostable films again during the upcoming season.

Sustainable Agriculture with BioAgri Compostable Films

With a desire to achieve more sustainable agriculture, the Swedish strawberry producer Finnerödja tested the compostable mulch film BioAgri. The characteristics of BioAgri mulch film are the same as in conventional PE plastics, but the difference is that BioAgri can be tilled into the soil when crops are harvested. BioAgri does not require the inconvenience and high cost of removal and disposal of the agricultural film, which is unavoidable with traditional PE plastic. By using BioAgri, farmers can also avoid plastic residues in the field and, at the same time, help to ensure a healthier environment. BioAgri degrades via microorganisms found naturally in the soil.

The main reason for Finneröjda to test BioAgri in their strawberry fields was to avoid the problems that come with the remains of conventional plastic films leftover in the ground. “The idea is that we avoid the handling and disposal of traditional plastics, which have been both expensive and time consuming for us,” says Ola Svensson from Finnerödja. Statements from a selection of strawberry growers show that it usually costs about $2000 per hectare for the disposal of traditional plastic films.

The Same Qualities as Traditional Film

BioAgri comes in different thicknesses to fit different cycles. Finnerödja wanted the film to break down early so strawberry cuttings could grow up next to the main plant. Svensson expects to experiment with a thinner film in the coming year and says there are not many other certified compostable films on the market that could support a 1-3 year old plant.

Finnerödja strawberry field with BioAgri, six months after planting

“Other films have poorer mechanical properties and are not certified as compostable in soil, and that makes BioBag BioAgri agricultural mulch film work perfectly, especially for strawberries.” He continues, “The main advantage with BioAgri is that it is certified compostable and biodegradable in soil, and it gives no soil contamination. It is also a great advantage that there is no additional cost for the removal of the film, as it is simply plowed into the ground.”

Laying BioAgri Agricultural Film

Laying BioAgri agricultural mulch film is done with the same equipment as used for conventional PE plastic mulch film. “We had no problems when laying the mulch film with our standard equipment. What you should remember is to be a little more careful so you do not stretch the film too much, as the material is made of natural raw materials,” says Svensson.

Environment

“As an example, 8 years ago we had to prepare a field for cultivation. As we began to plow the land, we found old traditional PE plastic in the soil, which was still there after eight years,” Svensson describes. “I recommend everyone use the product, especially those who are leasing land. It will leave the soil in good condition.”

Facts About Finnerödja

For over 50 years, Finnerödja has been producing strawberries. In 1987, they were taken over by OspAB Finnerödja Bär AB. Today, Finnerödja is a business in Olle Svensson Partiaffär AB and handles about 3.5 million liters of fresh strawberries each year. The strawberry grower company Purple Rösjö Farm AB grows strawberries on 43 hectares and sells the entire crop to Finnerödja and Olle Svensson Partiaffär AB.

About BioAgri Agricultural Film

BioAgri agricultural film, compared to traditional plastic film:

  • Biodegradable in soil
  • Customized life span, tailored for different crops
  • No removal necessary
  • No disposal costs
  • No residues in the field
  • Faster access to the field
  • Certified for organic farming
  • An efficient alternative, in both agronomic and environmental terms to traditional plastic film
  • Saves time and therefore costs required to remove and dispose of traditional plastic film
  • Offers a family of grades fit for purpose

Successful Danish Winegrowers Use BioAgri*

*BioBag Agricultural Film is sold under the name “BioAgri” in European markets and “BioBag Ag Film” in North American markets.

The vines, planted with BioAgri Compostable Film, on the field towards the fjord.

For many years, Hvidlykke Farm in Denmark has focused on organic farming and fruit growing. Niels Esbjerg Jensen and Anders Ørnberg Eriksen, the owners behind Ørnberg Wine, had always believed it was possible to grow wine in Denmark.

In 2007, two winegrowers began making wine. It was intended to be only a hobby, but they have since become very successful winemakers with their multi-award-winning brand Ørnberg Wine.

“Our vision is to create a professional Danish vineyard, producing wine with Danish character and international quality,” says winegrower Niels Esbjerg Jensen.

While they strive to get it right the first time, something they’ve been able to accomplish through studying extensive theoretical knowledge of viticulture from a German winegrower, they are also constantly looking for ways to improve their practices.

Twenty-two hundred vines were planted on one of Hvidlykke Farm’s fields in 2007. This field used traditional plastic to protect the vines from weeds. “But it turned out to be too difficult to remove the plastic film,” says Jensen, adding, “We have spent so much time and energy trying to remove the plastic from the field, but even after eight years, there are still remnants of plastic that pollute the field.”

After 8 years, the conventional plastic films can still be found in the ground.

When Jensen heard it was possible to use compostable film, he was convinced it should be tested in his fields. In the spring of 2015, the first field was planted with new vines and compostable film instead of traditional plastic. The main advantage of compostable films is that one does not have to remove the film since it can be degraded by the microorganisms found naturally in the soil. This property of the compostable film eliminates the need to spend the time and resources that are necessary to later remove plastic films.

The Benefits of Compostable Film for Vineyards

“There are several reasons that we wanted to test BioAgri on the new vineyard,” says Jensen. “With BioAgri, we do not need to worry about removing weeds, and, as organic farmers, we do not use chemicals on our fields. BioAgri keeps the film moisture in the soil, which thereby gives new vines the best conditions for growth.”

Ørnberg Wine expects that the composting process will be underway by August, the year after which new vines were planted. Because of the compostable film, the vines had a good start and have been protected from weeds.

“One of the main benefits of the compostable film is that it disappears by itself. We do not contaminate our soil with plastic,” says Jensen. “In the long run, it will be a cheaper option for us. We used to spend many hours and a lot of money on both the removal and disposal of plastic films after use.”

The Laying of BioAgri Film

Hvidlykke Farm uses the same equipment to lay BioAgri Compostable Film
as they used to place conventional plastic films.

When laying the compostable film, the winegrowers used the same equipment they used with conventional plastic films. “It required some small adjustments of the width to fit the 1 meter wide film, but otherwise, we experienced no difference to traditional plastic film,” says Jensen.

Facts About Ørnberg Wine

Niels Esbjerg Jensen and Anders Ørnberg Eriksen established Ørnberg Wine in 2007. In 2014, production reached 12,000 bottles of wine from almost 7,000 vines. In 2013, the two winegrowers received four awards, including the year’s Best Wine, Best White Wine, Best Rosé, and Best Dessert Wine.

About BioAgri Agricultural Film

BioAgri Agricultural Film, compared to traditional plastic film:

  • Biodegradable in soil
  • Customized life span, tailored for different crops
  • No removal necessary
  • No disposal costs
  • No residues in the field
  • Faster access to the field
  • Certified for organic farming
  • An efficient alternative, in both agronomic and environmental terms to traditional plastic film
  • Saves time and therefore costs required to remove and dispose of traditional plastic film
  • Offers a family of grades fit for purpose

Exciting New Products for Our Green Consumers!

BioBag Resealable Food Storage and Sandwich Bags

Introducing Certified Compostable Sandwich & Storage Bags!

After years of development, BioBag is proud to meet customer demands for Compostable Sandwich and Storage bags. Like all our other traditional products, these revolutionary bioplastic innovations are made from the material Mater-Bi®

The sandwich bags come in Fold Tops and Resealables. These are great for On-The-Go lunches and snacks.

The Resealable Storage Bags zip tight and are great for storing all types of food.

When finished, one can discard the sandwich and storage bags with other compostable waste. BioBag Sandwich and Storage Bags compost right along with other organic waste in a municipal compost facility to create nutrient-rich soil!

Sandwich Resealable Bags

More Wonderful Benefits:

  • Certified Compostable* in a municipal compostable setting
  • Meets ASTM D6400
  • BPA Free – Made without plasticizers or other additives that may be transferred to the food
  • Great Alternative to Polyethylene-Based plastic sandwich and storage bags
  • Prevents / restricts the food from exposure to moisture and oxygen
  • Good for all kinds of foods, including those with high fat and acid content
  • Made from GMO Free crops
  • Great for On-The-Go Uses: Work, school lunches, travel & picnics
We are thrilled to be able to offer these amazing, new compostable products! We hope you are too.

Try the new sandwich and storage bags today!

For individual orders, visit our Featured Retailers: How to Order

For wholesale case orders, contact us directly info@biobagusa.com

*Appropriate facilities may not exist in your area. To find a municipal composting facility, visit findacomposter.com. May not be suitable for home composting depending on your composting method.


BioBag, USCC and Their New Buy-Compost.com

The US Composting Council (USCC) is THE national organization in the US dedicated to the development, expansion and promotion of the composting industry. Their mission is to advance composting and promote compost use to enhance soils and provide economic and environmental benefits for their members and society. BioBag has been a long-standing member of the USCC for over 10 years, practically since their inception. Our mission of expanding landfill diversion rates through the collection and recycling or composting of organic waste aligns synergistically with the USCC’s. As a proud member of the USCC, we wanted to congratulate and support their new website: Buy-compost.com.
Buy Compost.com

The USCC created this site to:

  • Offer a more user friendly interface for compost consumers and prospects looking to purchase compost
  • Provide an easier way for those looking for composting answers to find what they need
  • Serve as a portal for community gardens looking for compost donations as part of our 2013, ‘One Million Tomato‘ campaign
The new website is still a work in progress but we think it is an amazing step toward reaching the USCC’s and BioBag’s missions. Here are some great features that we especially like:

For Consumers:

  • How to use compost for different purposes (Lawn, Trees/Shrubs, Flowers & Vegetables)
  • What to look for when buying compost, including guidelines
  • Where to buy and how much to buy for your needs, including a buying calculator

For Prosumers (Industry Pros):

  • Benefits of compost for a variety of commercial applications
  • What to look for when buying compost
  • Where to buy and how much to buy for your needs, including a buying calculatorTake a look and let us know what you think. We’ll pass it along to our good friends at the USCC.

Optimizing Green

MSW Management
The article, Optimizing Green, in this month’s MSW Management magazine gave a comprehensive look into the past, current and future composting landscape. The brevity of this article was quite impressive. Among its highlights was a segment on the transition from early pilot stages of composting in King County, WA to their present operations. The article also spoke to BioBag’s partnership with the city from the beginning of their pilot program in 2003. As you know, BioBags assist in the collection and diversion of organic waste. It is proven that providing tools like BioBags help with residential and business participation along with the increase collection of feedstock (green waste) for composters. It really is a win/win scenario for organic waste diversion programs as King County notes.

Along with underlining the successes and struggles of communities who are trying to gain support for composting, the article speaks to industry experts about the challenges, benefits and future of composting.

Most notability, BioBag’s very own VP of Sales, Mark Williams, was quoted.

“Despite the economy, we’re seeing continued growth in our business,” notes Mark Williams, vice president of sales for BioBag. “Each year, more municipalities are going after the organic sector of their waste, recognizing organics as a resource instead of garbage. Just like we recycle cans, bottles, and paper, we’re recycling food and lawn waste, and there are infrastructures developing that are recognizing it as a resource instead of garbage.”

“It’s a huge chunk of the wastestream that hasn’t really been addressed by a lot of cities. After they develop their recycling programs, it’s the biggest chunk left for them to go after,” he says.

The article is really a fascinating and informative outlook of the industry. I learned a great deal the first time I read through it and will need to reread it to further digest everything. So, read it with me here and let me know what you think by commenting on it through our BioBabble Blog, posting on the BioBag Facebook page or tweeting us at @BioBag.

Optimizing Green

Tweet about it to @BioBag

 


New FTC Green Guides

FTC Green Guides
After close to 5 years of deliberating, the Federal Trade Commission released their revised Green Guides earlier last month. Companies making environmental claims about their products and/or services should make it a priority to comply with these Green Guides.

The Green Guides were first introduced in 1992 and have been modified a couple of times since, with the latest revision including new-age topics of environmental certifications and seals, carbon offsets, and renewable energy and materials claims.

Green product resellers and manufacturers, as well as all consumers, should familiarize themselves with these latest guidelines. Below is a great summary video by the FTC that walks you through the revisions and additions.

To review the complete guidelines, visit here.

To review a quick summary, visit here

BioBag, of course, has the most interest in and is actively pursuing compliance concerning our claims on compostability.

Compostable:

  • Marketers who claim a product is compostable need competent and reliable scientific evidence that all materials in the product or package will break down into — or become part of — usable compost safely and in about the same time as the materials with which it is composted.
  • Marketers should qualify compostable claims if the product can’t be composted at home safely or in a timely way. Marketers also should qualify a claim that a product can be composted in a municipal or institutional facility if the facilities aren’t available to a substantial majority of consumers.
A few years ago, BioBag worked with the FTC to ensure that all our packaging claims abided by these guidelines. With the publication of the latest revisions, BioBag is currently working again with the FTC to continue the truthfulness and honorably of our environmental claims.

If you have any questions about BioBag products and our environmental claims, especially regarding compostability, please feel free to contact us at any time at info@biobagusa.com or 727-789-1646.

Thank you.


Did You Know Most BioBags Are Proudly Made In America?

Back in the old days of BioBag USA, we sourced and shipped our products from Europe. You can imagine that our carbon footprint was substantially larger than desired. As the compostable bag market grew, along with our sustainability initiatives, we were able to identify a stateside production facility that could produce our specialized line of products. Our efficiency increased and we were fortunate to move more and more BioBag products to the USA.
Most recently we began manufacturing our commercial liners (13 gallon – 96 gallon) at this factory. The commercial liners as well as our shopping bags, produce bags, custom bag products, lawn and leaf bags, food waste bags and tall kitchen bags are all produced right here in our own backyard. We are proud to be able to do our small part of increasing American job growth, promoting American industry and decreasing our carbon footprint!

We thank you for your support over the years and we look forward to bringing you more innovative and environmentally responsible compostable products.

If you would like more information about our American-made BioBag products or any others, please contact us at 727-789-1646 or info@biobagusa.com


BioBag Partnered with King County, WA and Bartell Drug Stores for a Food Waste Recycling Summer Promotion!

Did you know that the average family throws out 477 pounds of food each year?

This profligate behavior is one of the reasons BioBag was extremely excited to have partnered with King County, Washington and Bartell Drugs in a campaign to promote residential food waste recycling in the Seattle area.

The campaign was branded as “Recycle More. It’s Easy To Do!”

King County, BioBag, Bartells, Partnership

It was a great experience working with King County, Bartells, Fisher Communications, PRR and the talent (especially Tom Watson) producing all the creative. You can view our cooperative TV ads below.
 
English Version
Spanish Version
For more information about the Recycle More. It’s Easy To Do! campaign and food waste recycling in King County, check out their website: King County Recycle More.

To find a Bartells in your area click here.

No matter if you live in the Seattle area or not, we all can appreciate their drive to increase landfill diversion and compost food waste! BioBag takes pride in helping any business, individual or community reach their goals and we were honored to be a comrade in this partnership!


Industrial Composting – Marist College Diverts A Million Tons. What’s the Process?

In the previous months’ newsletter articles we outlined the process of home composting and how to set up a home compost system. I thought it would be interesting to see a pictorial process of how the BIG BOYS do it at the commercial composting level with an example from Marist College and Greenway Environmental Services in New York.
Compost pile
I had the privilege to listen in on a webinar given by the Marist College and Greenway Environmental Services. Marist College has been composting food waste at campus dining service locations since 2007 and recently passed a milestone of one million pounds diverted from the landfill!

So, how did they do it?

Food waste from the campus dining facilities is placed in large green bins (lined with commercial size BioBags). The food waste is then collected and delivered to Greenway Environmental Services where it undergoes a 4-step process.
Food waste collection bins
Bulldozer inspecting compost bag
Compost pile with BioBag
Compost temperature gauge
Step 1: The bags are received and inspected for any contaminates. (contaminates – items that cannot be composted)
Step 2: The food waste along with other compostables i.e. BioBags are blended with hot compost at a high temperature that allows Greenway to handle materials that home composters usually stay away from like raw meats and bones.
Step 3: Turning: the compost is turned regularly by special compost turning equipment or industrial loaders.
Step 4: After a few months of the curing process, sometimes mere days at highly efficient facilities, the compost is screened through a half-inch screen and then packaged and sold to consumers or in the case of Marist College, given back to beautify their campus.
turning the compost pile
compost being screened
Marist College Campus Grounds
Marist College
*Photos credit and references – Marist College and Greenway Environmental Services

We thank Marist College for choosing BioBag compostable bags in their mission of collecting food waste and look forward to a million more pounds diverted!