My mom was tossing banana peels out of the car window screaming, “They’re biodegradable!” (Don’t do this) Then go home and cover the enchiladas with a plastic shower cap that may have melted into the microplastic that the fish will eat. You know that’s what happens, right? Then we eat fish and small plastic. In the most suspicious moments – especially after watching This part is John Oliver About how companies give more than a PR shout about their plastic waste—love, it’s too late. We ruined everything. But that’s a terrible way to think. We (the people + companies) can all use less plastic, period. It’s easier than ever.
However, the truth about “biodegradable” and “biodegradable” goods is that many of them are It probably won’t turn into sawdust in your Tomato pots in the backyard. Some of these new products need to go to commercial composting facilities to be processed. Fortunately, many cities have these facilities, including mine, Ann Arbor. Scream into a giant stinking compost bin that’s bigger than my litter box, crowded with flies in my driveway. I love this man.
These new kitchen products are great and compostable. Check it out, and write your city council rep so you can have a compost bin that is as sweet, smelly as mine.
A new company, Compostic, sent me their green colored wrap (they also make plastic bags) to try it out and I was worried I wouldn’t carry a beeswax candle on my Glad wrap. But it clings reliably. The jagged edge where you rip the casing is not sharp, which makes tearing each perforated sheet difficult and a bit annoying. (I understand why – the box itself can be composted). Unlike other compostable goods, this wrapper in your backyard bin can degrade “faster than an orange peel,” according to the company. I roll cheese slices in it.
After a record-breaking year selling wet wipes to customers who stock up on them, Clorox is back on the market with a new, compostable version of its hand-cleaning wipes. These are made of “hydrated silica” and “vegetable cloth”. There’s no word yet on what the plant is, but it can be put into your backyard compost if it makes up no more than 10 percent of your compost pile. (Grand side note: You can’t compost it if you use it to clean up non-compostable things like cat kitty or potty training…doodling.)
Also known as “Swedish dishcloths,” these super absorbent plant-based fibers and sponges are My favorite thing is wiping my kitchen counters Although it does not leave puddles like some other sponges. They do get a little gray, a little gray, after a few weeks of use, but you can throw them in the wash to revive them. When they really die, you can compost them (either in the backyard or the municipality).
I’ve rounded up 347 options for anything but Ziploc bags now, from silicone zip top bags to Remember the jam jars? But some situations call for something light, fast, reliable, and acceptable (group snacks, field trips, etc.). Responsible Zipper Bags look like real clumpy plastic, tint green, and get the job done. these I can not Go in your backyard compost bins, so be sure to get rid of them in your city or municipality. The official also makes plates, cups, containers, trash bags and utensils, and they provide bulk quantities to businesses or someone who throws Party for 1000.
It’s hard to find an eco-friendly sponge that can compete with what you can’t mother rub. But these coconut husk scrubbers come close. It’s biodegradable, and while it looks solid, it won’t scratch your dishes. One reviewer boldly says, “I won’t go back to sponges.” Note that these may droop a bit – but that’s what aquarium strainers are for. For stickier textures that are tougher and split in pans, try it bamboo scraper With a clever rounded edge that our art director loves (no shedding!).
These Bamboo + Sugarcane flatware are super cute and come in the happiest blue color – but they also take two years to compost, which is something to consider when deciding how to use them. On the other hand, because it’s so durable, you can actually throw it in the dishwasher, and Food52 says it can handle about 400 washes. This could have come in handy when I had my nieces pulled out and someone took my stainless steel Saber fork and started stabbing my brick yard. Give this kid some compostable cutlery!