Ecosac recently contacted me in regards to my post about the co-ops new degradable bags. Similar in feel and texture they assure me they will rot down completely in your home compost bin.
What was more “shocking” to me was the composting bin they sent with it – the “bio.box”. It’s a new design on me – rather than the solid design given out by the council, this one resembles a milk crate being relatively full of holes. The theory is that by letting it breathe, the condensation evaporates and you don’t get the little black fruit flies.
I was very skeptical – after all, we have open bins at work and we’re currently infested with fruit flies.
So far however so good. We’re emptying the bin about once a week and we put a lot of meat scraps in which is primarily from cat food (most of that seems to be soy as it only contains 4% meat making the cats more vegetarian than me…)
I have no idea of cost etc, the primary reason on choosing coop bags was that it transports my produce home and I can reuse them as caddy liners cheaper than I could buy liners – otherwise I was generally using old copies of papers picked off the train to line my caddy for free…
But the bin at least gets my vote – and with only using non modified corn starch you’ll have less chemicals than standard newspaper print AND a non smelly bin.
It is however november. We’ll carry on using it until next summer and if anything changes I’ll let you know, but they look good.