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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

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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!