Last summer I talked about my love-hate relationship with the green bin. I love it because it has allowed me to compost things that I can’t put in my backyard composter, like my kids’ half-eaten grilled cheese sandwiches. I hate it because it’s gross. And the warmer the weather, the grosser it gets. Week-old meat + heat = ew.
When the folks at Boutique Cascades offered to let me try out their compostable food waste bags, I wasted no time in accepting. I’ve seen food waste bags at the grocery store, and while I liked the idea, I wasn’t sure they were worth the expense. This was a way for me to get a trial run without spending any money. I like not spending any money. Plus, I loved the cardboard playhouse from Boutique Cascades, so I was already sold on the company.
The food waste bags from Boutique Cascades are smallish, at 7″ x 11″. They have a six liter capacity, and for my family that means that we go through two or three in a week. The bags are made of a double layer of paper, from 100% recycled fibres. Imagine two paper grocery bags and you have the approximate thickness. Unlike some other food waste bags, there’s no leak-proof liner. While the bottom of the bag does sometimes get a little damp, they held firm for me with my regular kitchen waste. You may not want to put anything really soupy in there, but they worked well with my run-of-the-mill leftovers.
The big part, though, was how the bags worked in my green bin – and they really did the trick. I had been lining my green bin with newspaper, but no matter how much I put in food was sticking to the sides and the bottom. The newspaper was sticking to the bottom, too. These bags eliminated that problem, reducing the “ick” factor considerably. Plus, since they’re only made of paper, you could use them in your backyard composter, as well.
Boutique Cascades also sent me some of their yard waste bags to try. The bags themselves are fairly standard when you look at them. They’re the same size as all the other yard waste bags I’ve bought, and they’re made of the same double layer of kraft paper. There were two things that stood out, though. The first is that these particular bags are made of 100% post-consumer fibres. That’s important because using post-consumer waste ensures that there’s a market for the paper we recycle, plus it saves water and reduces your carbon footprint.
The other thing that distinguishes these bags from other yard waste bags is that they come with a cardboard stand to keep the bag open when it’s standing upright or lying on its side, even when it’s completely empty. I was smitten. My husband was less so. He found that it didn’t make much of a difference for him. My theory is that it’s because my husband’s arms are longer. He can reach all the way to the bottom of the yard waste bag to open it fully. I just can’t. The cardboard stand, which you reuse with each new bag, helped the bag to stay open and made filling it just that much easier for me in my shortness.
If you’d like to try the food waste bags or yard waste bags for yourself, there are two ways to do it:
- I have some bags to give away. Leave a comment on this post before 9:00pm Pacific on Monday, June 4, 2012, and I’ll draw one name at random for some food waste bags, some yard waste bags, and a cardboard stand.
- If you’d like to buy some bags for yourself, you can get 10% off at Boutique Cascades by using the code STRO10CEL.