Are those wave bags biodegradable, compostable or both?

By Mya L. Koch
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As a restaurant owner, you take pride in your menu. People enjoy your offerings so much, they don’t just come by for a sit-down meal. They pick it up and take it home to enjoy, too.

You didn’t realize how much you’d need a good takeout bag until the pandemic hit.

A wave bag is a fantastic option – even for those of us who are environmentally minded.

These plastic bags have a distinct wave-like handle, allowing a sleek shape that can easily be customized for marketing. They can sit open on a flat surface, too.

compostable recyclable and biodegradable website iconsBiodegradable vs. compostable vs. recyclable

If you’re wondering if biodegradable wave bags are compostable, the short answer – in many cases – is yes.

To be sure, it can sometimes be a bit confusing to know the difference. Let’s try to break that down for you.

Take a visit to, and you’ll find the following information:

  • Biodegradable – Products break down through the action of a naturally occurring microorganism, such as bacteria, fungi, etc., over a period of time. These products are made from plant or animal sources. Some forms of plastic are even made from ingredients such as corn starch.
  • Compostable – For products to be considered compostable, they must be able to break down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass at the same rate as paper. The result needs to look like compost, should not be toxic and should be able to support plant life. Compostable items are made from plant materials such as corn, potato, cellulose, soy and sugar.
  • Recyclable – When a product is said to be recyclable, it qualifies to be processed then recreated into a new recycled product. Reusing products to create new products reduced the harm put on our environment through the making of everyday products.
  • Environmentally friendly – guidelines, laws and policies that claim minimal, or no harm upon the environment. We aim to only buy products that follow these guidelines.
  • Green product – Products that have less of an impact on the environment or are less detrimental to human health compared to traditional products. Green products might be formed or partially formed from recycled components, be manufactured in a more energy conservative way, or be supplied to the market with less packaging.


For a complete glossary of Earth Friendly terms, visit and see this link:

And take a look at our bio-friendly wave bags here:

header image for rethinking plastics sectionA new mindset toward plastics

The bottom line is, many folks are being forced to rethink plastics. Many areas of the country are even banning one-time-use plastic. According to the Footprint Foundation, eight states have banned single-use plastic bags.

California was the first. Hawaii has a de facto statewide ban. New York became the third state in 2019 and five others have followed suit – Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Oregon and Vermont.

Check out some more plastics news on the Footprint Foundation’s site here.

various colors of wave bagsWave bags for the perfect takeout

This style of bag is versatile, economical, strong and flexible. Bowls, lunch-style boxes, drinks and baked goods alike can all find a cozy, safe home in a wave bag.

Still trying to decide on a wave bag for your restaurant, bakery or home-based business? We have a vast selection of colors, thicknesses and styles – most of which have several earth-friendly components.

You can check them all out here:

So go ahead, pack up the goods and, well, feel good about it, too.

Mya L Koch is a Sales Order Specialist for who has vast experience as a journalist, writer and editor for publications such as The Wilmington Star-News and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where she managed staffs of young writers and photographers and helmed daily, monthly and annual publications seen throughout the region. Her writings have been published in magazines, newspapers and most recently in a hard-cover book for the national Bring Music Home initiative. She has extensive experience as an editor, manager and in retail sales. She welcomes your ideas and suggestions for her blog post as part of the BABCOR Packaging / team.

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