- Approximately 100 million green bags are in circulation in Australia
- Green bags are non-degradable and have a long-term impact on the environment after they are disposed - the ‘dumped’ green bags will last another 1,000 years in the environment
- Green bags are made from petroleum products - over time there is a risk of chemical leaching into our water systems
- Green bags can contain high levels of lead
- There were more than 500 million green bags imported from China to the US in 2008.
The Generational Change
Earth Bags Australia is responsible for developing the next generation of environmentally friendly bags - the Earth Bag.
The woven paper Earth Bag contains no harmful chemicals, is sourced from a sustainable forest, is reusable, long-lasting, water-resistant, stylish and can carry up to 25 kilograms.
It is also 100 per cent biodegradable, with researchers at Western Australia’s Murdoch University having conducted several tests showing it is biodegradable within 45 days*. Tests also show the Earth Bag produces less carbon emissions than typical ‘green” bags and it has a low carbon footprint.
In a natural environment:
- Earth Bags take a little longer to degrade when left in the open environment, indicating our bag is strong enough to meet the purpose of a carry bag and will not weaken easily
- Earth Bags can be disposed of safely in the environment, without any environmental damage and can contribute to the organic content of the soil upon degradation.