Exciting New Products for Our Green Consumers!

New Product

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!

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 Retailer: High Desert Earth Products

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


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.

The USCC created this site to:

  1. Offer a more user friendly interface for compost consumers and prospects looking to purchase compost
  2. Provide an easier way for those looking for composting answers to find what they need
  3. 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.

Buy Compost.com

Optimizing Green

MSW ManagementThe 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 @BioBagUSA.

Optimizing Green

Read the entire MSW Management article here.

Post on the BioBag Facebook Page.

Tweet about it to @BioBagUSA

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.

Green Guides

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 compostabliity.


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.

New BioBag Product – Compostable Cling Wrap

BioBag New Product

Introducing Certified Compostable Cling Wrap
BioBag compostable cling filmA First of its Kind!

After years of development, we are proud to be the first to offer Compostable Cling Wrap to our loyal customers. This revolutionary bioplastic innovation is made with renewable raw materials and contains no polyethylene.

BioBag Cling Wrap easily clings to keep food fresh and provides excellent protection for all types of food, including those with high fat and acid content, which is not always the case for traditional cling film. When finished, discard cling wrap with other compostable waste. BioBag Cling Wrap composts right along with other organic waste to create nutrient-rich soil! BioBag Cling Wrap is another great product that helps obtain zero waste goals.

Benefits:

  • Certified Compostable, meets ASTM D6400
  • Contains no polyethylene
  • Prevents / restricts the food from exposure to moisture and oxygen
  • High water vapor transmission rate, which helps keep foods fresher, longer

    biodegradable cling film

  • Adheres to most surfaces, including glass,metal and ceramics
  • Made without plasticizers or other additives that may be transferred to the food
  • Good for all kinds of foods, including those with high fat and acid content
  • Extremely good puncture resistance and elasticity
  • FDA Approved

Be one of the first to try BioBag’s New Compostable Cling Wrap for yourself! Buy today from our online partner Greencupboards.com.

Did You Know Most BioBags are proudly made in America?

Back in the ye old days of BioBag USA, we sourced and shipped our products from Europe. You can imagine, 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.

King County, BioBag, Bartells, Partnership

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

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: (Click image to play)
BioBag Commercial

Spanish Version: (Click image to play)
BioBag Commercial - Spanish

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?

Compost pileIn 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.

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 collection binsFood waste from the campus dining facilities are 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.

Bulldozer inspecting compost bag

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.

Compost pile with BioBag Compost temperature gauge

turning the compost pileStep 3: Turning: the compost is turned regularly by special compost turning equipment or industrial loaders.

compost being screenedStep 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.

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!

Compost Happens – BioBag Employee Sharpens The Saw (Part 5) – Identifying finished compost and how to apply it correctly.

Sandwiched in between Earth Day last week and International Composting Awareness week next week, I thought it would be perfect timing to conclude the 5 Part SeriesFinished Compost of Compost Happens – BioBag Employee Sharpens The Saw with,  Part 5 – Identifying finished compost and how to apply it correctly.

Now that you are a composting guru from reading Parts 1 – 4 as well as getting hands-on experience with the process which included learning all about composting, identifying compost’s resident creatures, finding the ideal location and assembling your compost pile. I’m also sure you have been adding proportional brown/green organics to it for months, as well as turning the pile and monitoring its progress. So, how can you tell when it is finally ready?

Here are some simple tips that let you know all your hard work, and the efforts of the microbes, have paid off.

DING, Compost is Done!

The compost should be ready to use after 1 – 12 months, depending on the thoroughness of your management and how finely the pieces of organics were shredded when added to the pile.

The compost pile isn’t generating a substantial amount of heat as it did during the most active cycle.

The material will look dark, will be crumbly, fairly dry and have an earthly odor. You shouldn’t have any recognizable organics.

Where to put It, What to do with it?

Depending on the intended use, the compost can be put through a ½ inch screen before using. The larger particles can be returned to the pile for further decomposition if needed.

Soil Amendment: The compost can be worked into the garden soil adding beneficial nutrients. Do this by adding a layer of 1 – 3 inches. The compost also increases a sandy’s soil ability to retain moisture, improves drainage of clayey soil, increases biological activity of earthworms, reduces the adverse effect of excessive acidity and allows the plant to hold more nutrients for longer periods of time.

Potting Mix: Compost can be blended with perlite, soil, sand and other potting materials to make a great potting mix for your plants.

Mulch: Compost as mulch is extremely valuable because it reduces rainfall runoff, decreases water evaporation loss, helps control weeds and keeps the soil cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather. Apply a 2 – 3 inch layer on the top of soil around trees, flowers, shrubs and other plants.

Compost Tea: “Compost tea” can be used to water your plants, adding the advantageous nutrients from the compost. Fill a burlap bag with compost and place in a barrel of water, then use the water to fertilize and hydrate your plants.

Now, keep up the good work and continue the cycle. Your garden, your wallet and the earth will thank you!

Compost GardenGreat idea: Why don’t you take before and after photos of your yard? You’ll be amazed at the drastic difference between the photos. Just for fun, send those to us. We’d love to see them!

If you would like to take a composting class, check out your local county website. My class was put on for FREE by the Florida Cooperative Extensive Service of the University of Florida. There are classes just like this one across the U.S

Compost Happens – BioBag Employee Sharpens The Saw (Part 4) – Maintaining Your Pile

Once you have decided on which type of compost pile you wish to have – a holding unit or a turning unit – it is time for the fun part – composting!

Composting

Turning the Compost Pile

Composting might appear to a novice as terribly complicated and only for the green thumbed gardener, but anyone can do it! The below outline of how to manage a compost system is mainly for a holding unit.

Location, Location, Location!
Location is one of the most important factors when setting up and maintaining your bin. The most ideal place to put your compost bin is in a shady area where it is shielded from

harsh sun and winds. Direct sun can cause your pile to dry out quickly. Having a water hose close by would also be smart so that if watering is needed, you have it nearby. Also, make sure it is in a spot that is convenient for you to add your kitchen scraps. The more efficient and easier it is, the bigger the chance of success!

How to Make Your Neighbors Green with Envy

Once your compost unit is built and in a prime location, you are now ready to add the ingredients! It is recommended that you add mixed green and brown materials in 4” layers, making sure to water each layer separately as you add them. If you need a refresher on what materials can and should be composted, revisit Compost Happens – BioBag Employee Sharpens The Saw (Part 2)

In the early days your compost pile will be very warm. It might even steam a little, but no need to sound the fire alarm since this is normal. Heating indicates that the material is composting normally.

In order to maintain your neighbors envy with the perfect compost, you will need to turn

your pile frequently with a pitchfork, shovel or tool. By turning the pile frequently you are helping provide oxygen to the compost-creating microbes. More microbes = Faster decomposition = Quicker compost.

Check the temperature of your pile on a regular basis and turn the pile when it reaches about 140F+ or below 100F. If it is too difficult to monitor the temperature on an ongoing basis, just try to turn the pile about twice a week.

Also, regularly check the moisture level. Add water to the pile if it looks too dry. A good rule of thumb is to add water every time you turn the pile. If the compost looks too wet, add more dry browns to the pile.

Make sure you monitor the odor as well. Too much water in the system causes overly strong, odorous piles. If this is the case try adding more browns to the pile like mentioned above.

So how do you know when the compost is ready? … Be on the look-out for Part 5: Identifying finished compost and how to apply it correctly.