Compostable Produce Bags #CompleteTheCycle
Millions of plastic produce bags are used in Australia every day to transport shopping home for less than an hour before going to waste.
By using a compostable bag we can do so much better. Significantly more kitchen scraps are captured for composting when compostable produce bags are used to buy fresh food, then bought home to the kitchen.
Research by the Government of South Australia shows BioBags are important tools to collect valuable organic resources so they can be returned to the soil for growing more food in a virtuous cycle.
Adelaide’s City of Holdfast Bay ran a Green Industries SA funded trial with two local Foodland supermarkets to replace plastic produce bags for fruits and vegetables with a compostable alternative in March 2018.
Compostable produce bags are designed to be re-used in kitchen caddies to collect food scraps for household food organics garden organics (FOGO) bins supplied by local councils.
The pilot had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community and the model was replicated in other supermarkets outside the City of Holdfast Bay.
Bin audits of kerbside FOGO and landfill bins close to both stores were done throughout the pilot and found an impressive 300% increase of food scraps being placed in FOGO bins with the use of compostable bags.
The supermarket pilot project won the 2019 Local Government Professionals SA Excellence Award for ‘Excellence in Environmental Leadership and Sustainability’.
✔ Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the amount of food waste diverted from landfill.
✔ Grows the circular economy by increasing the volume of organics processed at local facilities.
✔ Creates new jobs at local organics recycling facilities.
✔ Reduces the amount of plastic generated and the amount of plastic that could enter the environment.
You can learn more about the City of Holdfast Bay compostable supermarket bags trial on the council’s website.
Shop, Collect, Compost, Grow
We’re working on helping retailers transition to compostable produce rolls. In the meantime, Adelaide waste warrior Karen Murphy brings a roll of BioBags to the shops to buy fresh food.
Karen reuses that bag to collect peelings and fresh food scraps that go into her kerbside green bin with food and garden organics.
Karen was featured an ABC News story that showed how bringing your own BioBags and reusable containers to the shops can help to reduce plastic waste.
Our 8 litre roll of BioBags are the perfect size to take shopping for fresh food including fruit, veggies and bread.