A Choice for a Better Earth

Who They Are

The creators of GreenPolly are the same minds behind the company BioBag–after starting a great line of compostable bags, these creative environmentalists recognized that the majority of people don’t have access to commercial composting. Because compostable materials don’t decompose properly in landfills, and the breakdown of plant-based waste can lead to increased methane emissions, they looked for an alternative sustainable waste management system.

GreenPolly recognizes that we still need to send some waste to the landfill–so why not do it in a way that doesn’t require more resources to do so. Say hello to the future by saying goodbye to those extracting fossil fuels for single-use plastics!

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Why We Like Them

GreenPolly is striving to make a difference in the world of single-use plastics. Did you know that the US creates 34 million tons of plastic every year and only 10% of that is recycled? The founders of GreenPolly knew that and they wanted to change that statistic. That’s why their trash, recycling, and pet waste bags are made with 80-90% recycled plastic that has been diverted from landfills. The other 10-20% is green plastic made from sugarcane. On top of that, all bags are packaged plastic free in completely recyclable, paper-based boxes. 

GreenPolly lays out the steps to living a sustainable life, in what they like to call the 5 Rs. They’re updating the classic Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to take a more holistic approach to living green by including Refuse and Rot! They’re asking customers to refuse single-use plastics and unnecessary waste, and compost as much waste as you can–let carbon be carbon and return to the soil to fertilize the next living thing!

  • Sustainable Lifestyle
    Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Plant Based Resin
    Plant Based Resin
  • Recycled Plastic
    Recycled Plastic

This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.

Plant Based Resins are used as an alternative to fully-synthetic plastics. Instead of using Petroleum as the main base ingredient to form plastic, some companies have started replacing a portion of the ingredients with plant and vegetable extracts. This lowers the amount of resources extracted to create purely synthetic products, and often provides a use for agricultural byproducts such as corn or flax. Some plant based resins are made from 100% plant materials, and can be composted in industrial facilities. EarthHero recommends checking with your local compost facility to determine which items are safe to compost.

Recycled plastic utilizes salvaged post-industrial plastic scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers, and transforms them into new products. The containers are sorted, crushed, and then heated to form resins, which are liquid plastics that can harden into new shapes. These resins can be molded and used to create anything from carpet to outdoor furniture. Recycling plastic lowers the amount of petroleum extracted and the production of greenhouse gasses associated with first-time plastic production. Plus, by using these existing materials, we’re benefiting from the original energy and resources spent to create them in the first place, while diverting waste from the landfill.

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