From the earth, for the earth

We use nontoxic ingredients like PBAT, PLA and cornstarch to produce our strong and more sustainable material. Our materials come from the earth and degrade cleanly in a compost setting, back into the earth, without producing microplastics or toxic residue.

From the earth, for the earth title
Our Material Breakdown
Polybutylene adipate terephthalate

Polybutylene adipate terephthalate

PBAT is a biodegradable polymer that requires less crude oil during production than plastics and breaks down quickly in a compost setting without emitting methane gas or creating toxic residue.

Polylactic acid

Polylactic acid

PLA is a monomer derived from organic, renewable sources - like sugar or corn. It requires less energy in production and emits less greenhouse gas in decomposition than plastic.



Cornstarch is an organic substance that is harvested from corn and biodegrades quickly, without emitting toxic gas.



In an effort to reduce waste, we use minimal, recyclable packaging made with material that is 100% FSC certified and meet its standards for responsible sourcing.

Bags that break down in weeks - not centuries

HoldOn bags are certified to be 100% compostable, meaning that they meet the highest standards of compostability. Our bags can be composted and will break down in a matter of weeks, without producing microplastic or toxic gas emissions.

Learn more about BPI Certification

BPI Certification signifies that our products can be effectively composted in a commercial composting facility. This rigorous testing ensures that HoldOn bags biodegrade without leaving behind synthetic residue.

In other words, you can compost HoldOn bags in a commercial or industrial facility.

Learn more about TUV Certification

TUV Austria is the most intensive certifying body for compostable goods. HoldOn bags, with the exception of our Tall Kitchen bag, are TUV Certified home compostable. This means that they have passed the most stringent tests for at-home composting and have been proven to break down effectively in a home compost in a timely manner.

In essence, this means that you can compost HoldOn bags right in your backyard and they will biodegrade cleanly and quickly.

using holdon bags

You can use HoldOn bags any way you take out your trash. To get started, find the best method for your lifestyle and location.



Switching from traditional plastic trash bags to HoldOn bags keeps more plastic out of landfills.


Composting at home is an easy way to reduce waste - getting started is simple.
Compost commercially

Compost commercially

Convenient pick-up services may exist in your area, check locally for options.

quick start composting


FIND YOUR STORAGE BIN. Use a small metal or ceramic bin with a lid to trap odors. Line with a HoldOn compostable bag and store where you'll need it most - the kitchen is an ideal spot to collect food scrap waste.


CREATE A DEDICATED COMPOST SPACE. Use a compost barrel or bin, or begin a compost pile on bare soil. A shady spot is ideal for composting, as it will help to maintain proper moisture levels.


Lay A FOUNDATION. Prep your outdoor compost with twigs or straw to help aerate your pile and keep it from becoming too dense.


Identify what to compost. As a general rule of thumb, materials that come from the earth are compostable. Do not compost inorganic materials, as they won't break down, as well as meat or dairy, which may attract pests.


turn over your composT OCCASIONALLY. This will aerate your compost and help the mixture to biodegrade evenly.

There’s Another Way to Take Out the Trash

At HoldOn, we want to make reducing your carbon footprint easier than ever. If you live in an area where composting isn't an option, or simply want to reduce your traditional plastic use, HoldOn bags are a more earth-friendly replacement for traditional plastic bags. By switching to HoldOn, you are alleviating the environmental impact of traditional single-use plastics on the planet.

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