Last Updated: December 29, 2022

The 7 Best Trash and Compost Bags.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 10 min read

While cooking and feeding your family is most important, it's time to give more thought about food waste. You know, the pieces and scraps of food that are actually biodegradable and would do a world of good for our ecosystem if you composted it instead of tossing it in the trash to rot? It's a very simple process, outlined clearly by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, basically just adding the right mix of unused browns (plant matter), greens (unused produce) and water to soil to help new plants grow healthy and strong. It also minimizes the strain placed on landfills, so that only things that absolutely cannot be composted or recycled go there.

If you're new to composting and the science behind it, never fear — we've compiled the 7 best trash and compost bags that are equal parts eco-friendly and easy to use. That way, all you have to do is fill 'em up and let nature do its thing.

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

1. Earth Rated Compostable Pet Waste Bags

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These bags are certified compostable!

Earth Rated knows when it comes to helping the environment, every detail makes a difference. From the vegetable-based bag down to the recyclable core, these compostable rolls do it all.

100% leak-proof, BPI-approved, and meet the ASTM D6400 guidelines to be disposed of in a municipal compost environment …

4 rolls, 60 bags
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2. 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 …

10 pk
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3. Grove Co. Kitchen Compost Bags

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Whether you’re an experienced composter or just looking to start, these biodegradable-certified bags are the perfect addition to any kitchen. Use them to store your food scraps and any other compostable items, and you’ll reduce waste by giving nutrients back to the earth.

Made in partnership with WasteZero, a Certified B Corporation dedicated to …
1 x Roll of 2.6 Gallon Compost Bags - 25 Count
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4. Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Bin, White

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A truly sustainable home practices composting behind its walls, but the truth is the process can sometimes come along with stinky odors and flies inside. Practice composting more pleasantly with this Full Circle Fresh Air Compost Bin, White, which is also available in green. This countertop compost bin features Full Circle’s patented design that …

1 bin + 5 compost bags
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5. 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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6. Grove Co. 100% Recycled Plastic Trash Bags - Drawstring Top

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Durable drawstring trash bags sustainably crafted from reclaimed plastic that was bound for the landfill.

    Our drawstring recycled plastic garbage bags are durable and made entirely from single-use plastic waste that would otherwise go to the landfill. No new plastic is used in any part of the bag. …

1 Roll
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7. Seventh Generation 13 Gal Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags

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With Seventh Generation 13 Gal Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags - 20ct, reliable, mess-free transport from the kitchen trash bin to the outdoor garbage can is in the bag! If you've ever had the misfortune of a trash bag breaking apart when you go to take it out, you'll truly appreciate the strength and durability of Seventh Generation's …

20 Count
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Why is composting important?

Simply put, composting heals the land similarly to the way rotating crops does. When properly implemented, composting allows the soil to fill up with important nutrients and do lots of cool things like making chemical fertilizer unnecessary, promoting reforestation, and increasing the soil's water retention capacity. When it's something so easy like saving and implementing your unused food scraps, why wouldn't you jump on this opportunity? Composting is something anyone can do, no matter where they live – and it benefits us all.

How do composting bags work?

In short, composting bags break down food matter with the help of microorganisms that digest everything for the soil to use. Using them similarly to trash bags, you can help the ecosystem by only placing compostable materials into your composting bags, and then bringing them to a compost facility in your area.

Eco-friendly trash bags aren't made with this same capability, but they're still cool because they're made from post-consumer recycled materials – like these ones from Seventh Generation.

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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