Sustainable Product of the Week Ode to the Trash Bag June 27th

As many of you know, this blog focuses on sustainable personal finance and ethical capitalism. We could do a better job on the sustainable portion. There are a lot of products out there that reduce waste and increase longevity of the products you already own. Starting this week, we’ll showcase normal products that everyone can buy, that increase our sustainability quotient. There seems to be a need in the market to let people know about sustainable products. We’re going to share products we personally going to use. If you want to beat us to the punch and start a YouTube channel discussing sustainable products, we won’t blame you for going ahead.

The first Sustainable Product of the Week is an ode to the trash bag. Trash bag? you scoff. Yes, the trash bag. The product is the Glad Force Flex Plus, 13 gallon size Kitchen Drawstring bag.

What makes this bag different? Here’s a picture of the back of the carton to inform us.

  • The bag is made from 20% recycled plastic that is diverted from landfills. Most items in landfills get incinerated, reducing our air quality and increasing greenhouse emissions.
  • Reclaimed plastic is 30% of the bag, that’s reused scrap material from Glad’s manufacturing process.
  • Glad plugs itself that if everyone in the U.S. chose these bags, we would save 100 million lbs of plastic from going into landfills every year. Impressive number.
  • Of note, not only is the bag trying to use more recycled and reclaimed plastic, the bags are made with 100% renewable energy.
  • What impresses me is the last point, of Zero Waste-To-Landfill manufacturing. 90% of the waste gets recycled or repurposed. 10% of the waste gets sent to a waste-to-energy facility.

The bag has a nice lemon scent to hide your smelly kitchen odors. These bags are more expensive, as more sustainable items tend to be. The only way we’ll reduce their cost is if the manufacturing scales up. The only sad note is that no other brand had any kind of sustainable sourced, renewable powered bag. We checked thoroughly at Target. What’s the hold up trash bag makers, from making the sustainable and renewable switch? Glad Products Company, we encourage you to make more sizes with these recovered plastic bags. Keep reducing native plastic use.

What sustainable product would you like us to highlight next? Let us know in the comments. Sign up to see when we post next. Thanks for reading.

Warmest regards,


Published by smilingdad

My story is one of tragedy and redemption. We've made many mistakes along the way regarding our money. Our goal here is to show you how to take care of your money life long, and as much as we can, help the Earth along the way. I call it sustainable personal finance and ethical capitalism. Currently, I am a part time writer for Cleantechnica and part-time licensed financial professional, along with being a full-time dad.

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