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A new product caught the attention of home-and-garden retailers at the recent National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. New dsolv™ lawn bags replace traditional paper bags and are made of a compostable mesh. The lightweight bags are sold in a...


A new product caught the attention of home-and-garden retailers at the recent National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. New dsolv™ lawn bags replace traditional paper bags and are made of a compostable mesh. The lightweight bags are sold in a starter kit with a spring-loaded sleeve that holds them open, a carrying handle, and eight bags. (Additional bags are sold in sets of eight.)

“This is an innovation for which consumers are clamoring,” says Paul Kolada, Principal and Owner of PD Worx, which designed the dsolv bag and system. “People are so frustrated with paper bags, and they’re looking for ways to live greener. Our research led us to design a 100 per cent compostable, mesh bag. It’s easier to use than the old paper bags, and just as affordable.”

Other compostable bags already exist, Kolada explains. But they’re just as hard to fill as paper bags, and are more expensive.

Ease-of-use is indeed a major feature of the dsolv bag. With the lightweight mesh propped open by a spring-loaded sleeve, its circular opening is 33 per cent larger than that of a paper lawn bag. The bag is more stable too, because it won’t collapse back into its folded state, as paper bags do.

Once filled, the bag is easy to dispose of. The user simply pulls out the sleeve, ties the top of the bag, and uses the ergonomic handle to carry up to three bags at once. The bag’s rip-stop mesh is durable enough to be dragged along a driveway or lawn. It’s a system that’s easy for a single person to use — even kids and seniors.

The dsolv mesh lawn bag is made of a plant-based resin and completely dissolves in composting facilities according to the industry standard ASTM-D6400. It carries the 100 per cent compostable certification issued by the US Composting Council and the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). Many municipalities are now requiring residents to use only BPI/USCC certified bags for their lawn waste.

Waste collectors are also expressing excitement about the time- and labour-saving features of the unique bags. The mesh allows collectors to view the contents and verify that there are no inappropriate items inside. The dsolv bags are clearly labeled, so they can be correctly sorted and sent to composting facilities. Plus, the ventilated design spares collec tors from having to hoist smelly, disintegrating paper bags.

Though compostable, the dsolv bag does not break down in water. So unlike paper lawn bags, which can get soggy in the rain or from rotting contents, the bag remains intact. The ventilated mesh actually allows rain to flow through and contents to dry out, virtually eliminating slimy messes. When compared gallon-for-gallon, the new dsolv bags match the price of paper bags (assuming a retail price of 50¢ per paper bag). And because the mesh bags hold 50 per cent more than paper bags, fewer bags are needed.

PD Worx is taking orders from retailers now for widespread distribution of dsolv™ products in Spring 2011. Limited availability will occur sooner, in Fall 2010, via the website at www.dsolvbag.com.

Contact Frederick Feeney, Director of Corporate Sales at ffeeney@prioritydesigns.com or visit www.dsolvbag.com


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