Last Updated: December 29, 2022

11 best compostable household products.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 20 min read

Buying compostable items is a great step in the right direction toward a more sustainable future. But, how do you do know which items can be composted at home vs. in an industrial facility and how long does it take for a compostable item to actually break down and turn into soil? We've answered those questions and more in this article so keep reading!

There's a lot to learn when beginning to compost at home, but it's worth it to reduce food waste and keep landfills from adding up with food and organic scraps. In addition, compostable items that only break down at an industrialized composting center are still beneficial to the environment. We've gathered up our top compostable products here at Grove so you can start making the switch to a more compostable and eco-friendly future. Have a look.

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Grove Co. Tree-Free Compostable Kitchen Wipes - 100% Bamboo

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100% tree-free unscented wipes made from sustainable bamboo fibers that can be composted after use. Plastic-free and crafted to be sustainably powerful for a healthy home and planet.

    Made of FSC-certified bamboo fibers, our tree-free compostable kitchen wipes are both strong and absorbent and can be composted after use to …
40 Unscented Wipes
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2. method All-Purpose Compostable Cleaning Wipes

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Messes need method. These method All-Purpose Compostable Cleaning Wipes can clean up multiple surfaces, including stone, wood, counters, glass, tile, and more, making them a great go-to for household spills and in-between cleans. Plus, they’re made in the U.S. from corn, coconut, and other ingredients. These method wipes use plant-based cleaning …

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3. Grove Co. Compostable Cutlery

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Whether it's chocolate cake or kale salad, enjoy every bite with this set of 100% compostable forks, knives, and spoons. Made of CPLA (not petroleum), these earth-friendly utensils are strong, heat tolerant (up to 200 degrees F), and better for the environment too.
24 Assorted Spoons, Forks & Knives
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4. PATCH Bamboo Compostable Adhesive Bandages

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When you get hurt, don’t hurt the planet. These PATCH Bamboo Compostable Adhesive Bandages aren’t just for kids but are ideal for sensitive skin types since they’re hypoallergenic, plastic-free, and paraben-free. Plus, they use a pressure-sensitive adhesive that sticks well, and they’re made from 100-percent organic bamboo fiber, making them both …

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5. Full Circle Fresh Air Compostable Waste Bags

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If you don’t already live a green lifestyle, why not start today? These Full Circle Fresh Air Compostable Waste Bags are ASTM D6400-certified, biodegradable, and compostable, and they work to reduce messes and odors associated with your composting process. These composting waste bags allow heat and odor to escape, which helps reduce the amount of …

25 Count
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6. Bambu Veneerware Compostable 7" Plates

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These square disposable bamboo plates are an elegant and eco-friendly alternative to regular disposable dinnerware. Consider for your next special occasion. These plates are super durable, and won't bend or buckle under the weight of food.

bambu® square Veneerware® plates provide an upscale look to any wedding or special event. The Veneerware® …
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7. BioBag Pet Waste Compost Bags Rolls

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For on-the-go cleanup, these BioBag Pet Waste Compost Bags Rolls are super convenient to take with you on walks, on trips, and anywhere else the day takes you. These pet waste bags come in three rolls of 15 for a total of 45 bags. They’re made from 100-percent compostable plastic and are strong and dependable when it comes to picking up poo. Plus, …

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8. BioBag Small Food Scrap Compost Bag (3 Gal)

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If you’re starting to make the leap to compost, or if you’ve already been in your composting groove, these BioBag Small Food Scrap Compost Bags (3 Gal) can really help get the job done. They’re made from plant- and vegetable-based materials, making them both biodegradable and compostable. These compostable bags breathe without leaking and ensure …

25 Count
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9. Full Circle Scrap Sacks

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Make composting less of a headache with these Full Circle Scrap Sacks. These composting scrap sacks save space on your counter or in your kitchen compared to other bulky composting bins. Plus, they keep the smelliness at bay. Just keep a sack out to toss your food scraps in and roll down the top and seal it up until it’s filled. They’re …

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10. DYPER Sustainable Diapers

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Picking out diapers for your new little one doesn’t have to be rocket science. Choosing these DYPER Sustainable Diapers is a no brainer. These eco-friendly diapers are better for your baby and better for the planet, too. They’re phthalate-free, lotion-free, PVS-fee, alcohol-free, latex-free, chlorine-free, and perfume-free, and they’re made with …

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11. PATCH Kids Bamboo Compostable Coconut Oil Adhesive Bandages

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Be there as soon as their ouchies happen with these PATCH Kids Bamboo Compostable Coconut Oil Adhesive Bandages. These kids PATCH bamboo bandages are made from 100-percent organic bamboo fiber, making them both biodegradable and compostable. Perfect for minor booboos like bumps, scratches, and grazes, the gauze of these kids bandages features …

25 Ct.
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What is composting?

Composting is a buzzword that's been around for awhile now. But what does it actually mean? Composting itself is the act of breaking down organic matter like food and leaves into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used to grow plants, fruits, and vegetables. Composting is also the act of speeding up decomposition of these organic matters, so when you compost food scraps you are actually decomposing this matter faster than it would normally decompose on its own in a landfill.

How does it decompose faster? Well, creating a composting environment means adding special bacteria and fungi or organisms like worms to the mix — literally. These agents help break down food scraps and body byproduct quicker, especially because the composting environment is full of only things worms and decomposing bacteria eat (unlike landfills which are full of many, many things they don't eat too).

This decomposed compost material provides a rich fertiilizer full of concentrated nutrients that help new plants and food grow. This fertilizer is actually called "compost."

What can be composted?

If you're composting at home, most of your food scraps (and even some body byproducts) can be composted in a countertop compost bin. Here's a general list of what can be composted at home:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Coffee grounds and tea (leaves or bags)
  • Rice and grains
  • Cooked food leftovers (except meat)
  • Flowers
  • Eggshells

Here's what generally can't be composted at home:

  • Bags or other products that say "compostable" — these can only be composted in an industrial compost center
  • Meat and fish
  • Bones
  • Dairy
  • Oil and butter

Outside of the home, industrial compost facilities can break down items in addition to food scraps like compostable bags, utensils, and other products on the market that are labeled as "compostable." These facilities use special enzymes to break down this material that you can't access at your home.

How do you start composting?

If you want to stop creating less food waste that goes to the landfill, in-home composting is a great (and easy option). The first thing you need is a small composting bin, like this Full Circle Composting Bin that decreases odor with its patent air-flow technology. Place the bin on your countertop and try composting the following items:

  • Fruit and fruit scraps
  • Veggies and veggie scraps
  • Coffee grounds and tea leaves or tea bags
  • Egg shells
  • Hair and nails

If you're just starting composting at home, don't put meat or oily, buttery items in your compost bin. These items smell (a lot) when decomposing and can also attract some unwanted rodent guests into your home or garden.

To create the compost mix for your garden, you'll have to determine if you have the space to do the food scrap breakdown process. It involves worms and dirt and some other fun stuff. Read here for more info on creating your own composting soil and garden.

What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.

If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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