Every second, 160,000 plastic bags are used globally and if tied together, would wrap around the world seven times every hour but an Australian company is helping solve the world’s plastic bag problem, having produced 500 million compostable bags since 2018.

MyEcoBag is a leading producer of compostable packaging and has been supplying compostable bin liners and pet waste bags to Australians for over a decade. Over the past six years, MyEcoBag has sold 500 million compostable bags globally, which could be equated to approximately 3.3 million kilograms of conventional plastic replaced with an alternative that’s better for the environment.

MyEcoBag products are also fast to compost, taking about 90 days to fully break down when composted, leaving no microplastics or toxic residue due to being made with GMO-free corn and other compostable materials.

Unlike most other suppliers in the Australian market, MyEcoBag is Australian-owned and operated, from its ideas and designs through to technology, formulations and materials.

This has led MyEcoBag to become market leaders in compostable bin liner bags in major Australian grocery stores (Coles and Woolworths) accounting for more than one-third (35%) of compostable bag sales. Globally, the company’s range of certified compostable products is gaining momentum and can be found in 20 countries, with the US the company’s biggest growth market – doubling in size in the last financial year alone.

Locally, the MyEcoBag compostable products continued to deliver, achieving over 140% growth in FY23 compared to the previous year. Pivotal to the company’s growth in Australia has been the Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) program rollout, with MyEcoBag bin liners the leading choice for councils. The adoption of the brand’s products in these programs has led to an increased revenue of 74% since late 2022.

SECOS Group CEO and executive director, Richard Tigoni said, “Through the FOGO program and our relationship with councils, data has shown that when households use compostable bin liners, it increases the separation of food waste by as much as 32%

“The beauty of compostable bags is they contribute to a circular economy; when properly composted, the result is new, nutrient-rich soil to help grow plants, therefore generating something new, whereas alternatives such as dissolvable bags don’t contribute to the circular economy – food needs to compost with worms, air and soil.

“If we make everything compostable, we will effectively fix the conventional plastic problem. The new problem will be making sure we have enough composting capacity to deal with all this compostable plastic, but that is a much easier problem to solve over time than it is to solve the conventional plastic problem, which can never be solved.”