From Corn to Compost

Doing yard work can feel so gratifying... right up until the point when you try to load all the grass, leaves and lawn debris into an unwieldy (and environmentally unfriendly) plastic bag or a soggy paper lawn bag. Enter dsolv. Founded by industrial engineer Paul Kolada, dsolv makes compostable lawn bags that are easy to use, durable, and designed to decompose along with their contents. The mesh lawn bags are made from a corn-based bio resin. They’re strong and stable when you need them to be, then when they’re exposed to composting microbes, dsolv bags break down completely and return to the soil.

dsolv

Compostable Lawn Bags

From Corn to Compost

Doing yard work can feel so gratifying... right up until the point when you try to load all the grass, leaves and lawn debris into an unwieldy (and environmentally unfriendly) plastic bag or a soggy paper lawn bag. Enter dsolv. Founded by industrial engineer Paul Kolada, dsolv makes compostable lawn bags that are easy to use, durable, and designed to decompose along with their contents. The mesh lawn bags are made from a corn-based bio resin. They’re strong and stable when you need them to be, then when they’re exposed to composting microbes, dsolv bags break down completely and return to the soil.
Sustainable Living

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Paul
    Paul

    Happy Earth Day from dsolv land - home of the compostable mesh lawn and leaf bag. We're new and we've been hitting the ground (literally) helping to make the clean-up of your yard easier and more eco-friendly! Paul Kolada here – delighted to be grommeting with you today.

    You’re all doing it…admit it…you’re out there in the yard pulling the weeds, raking up the leaves and trimming those bushes. And why are you doing it…to get that yard looking as good, if not better than the Jones next door!

    But then what happens when you try to stuff it all into that brown paper lawn bag. It falls over, it rips, it gets soaking wet…well if that’s the case, we need to talk. Let’s also talk about how all that lawn junk is getting into our landfills when it could be composting. Our dsolv bag dissolves – in less than 12 weeks! I bet you have questions…well fire away – we’re here for you!

  • Kate
    Kate
    4/22/2011 12:20 PM

    Love these! You know what bugs me the most about the paper bags - the advertising that is printed top to bottom on them. I hate putting out these billboards at the end of my driveway for the place I happened to pick up my bags. This solves this issue and so many more all at once! Great find.

  • Paul
    Paul – Special Guest
    4/22/2011 2:21 PM

    @Kate: Thanks! One of our favorite quotes came from our research...we'd filled a bag with grass and one of the women said "It's so cute. It's looks like a little topiary!" It was then that we realized there's an aesthetic quality to the bags too and people appreciate how they look when sitting on the curb.

  • Regan Caton
    Regan Caton
    4/22/2011 2:05 PM

    Hi,

    This looks great,but one question? It says they are made of corn, is the corn grown specifically for this purpose?

    Thank you,

    Regan

  • Paul
    Paul – Special Guest
    4/22/2011 2:17 PM

    @Regan Caton: Thanks for the question Regan. Here's an overview of the process. The bags are made from a sustainable PLA-based resin (polylactic acid). It's the most popular commercially available compostable-grade resin and it finds itself in most of the foodware (cups, plates, utensils) and other film bags that consumers are beginning to use and appreciate as compostable. The feed corn is sourced from the Midwest and bought in the open market. We are one of many manufacturers using corn in this way.

  • Lois
    Lois
    4/22/2011 2:07 PM

    These are really great for weeding or mowed grass. Plus the bottoms don't disintegrate if you let them sit for a week or two.

  • Vicki
    Vicki
    4/22/2011 4:47 PM

    Great idea and product! I have a suggestion, though - if at all possible it's best not to send green waste to a landfill. It's fun and productive to set up a composting system in your yard or use the leaves as mulch directly in the garden as you see fit or around shrubs. If you can't use them, haul them to a larger scale composting operation in your community or find someone who is an avid composter; he or she will hug you for your contribution to their pile! In the landfill green/organic wastes can get compressed and often don't have exposure to the oxygen they need to break down. The anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition process is sometimes not pretty because it can lead to the formation of toxic leachates. Also, our landfill space is becoming more and more limited and expensive to maintain. Since it's Earth Day, I thought I would bring up these points to help folks think about other options for their green wastes instead of setting them curbside for your city to haul away. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/22/2011 5:54 PM

    @Vicki: Great suggestion, especially for those who don't have separate yard waste pickups in their towns. Thanks for stopping by!

  •  a
    a
    10/21/2012 5:19 AM

    Nothing, biodegradable or not, decomposes in landfills, which, as you described, are specifically engineered to prevent decomposition. Whole, intact hotdogs, among other decomposables, have been recovered from landfills by people who study landfills. So there's no point in buying a biodegradable bag if the user is going to send it to a landfill.

  • Tim Bell
    Tim Bell
    3/28/2012 12:53 PM

    I was looking for biodegradable paper bags and came across this. Looks like a great product, one that I would feel good about using here in New Orleans where we don't even have recycling back since Katrina. Q - most of my yard waste is mulched lawn clippings that land in my mower's bagger. How do these bags do in holding the lawn clippings waste (ie: Will it fall through the mesh, especially when my hardworking garbage man grabs it and swings it towards the truck?) Any picks or video of lawn clippings being bagged? Thanks!

  • Paul
    Paul – Special Guest
    3/29/2012 9:24 AM

    @Tim Bell: We're glad you came across our product! That's a great question about the grass clippings, but have no fear - dsolv bags work great with grass clippings! What ends up happening is the little pieces of grass weave themselves together so that they don't really fall through. Of course some pieces will stick out here and there, but it actually works really well! Here's a video on YouTube showing the bags being used in several ways. Hope you enjoy!

  •  Roxi B
    Roxi B
    10/20/2012 1:39 PM

    I found your Dsolve on Daily Grommet...going to give it a try this fall. Just ordered the kit and refills. I'll let ya know how it works out for me. I like the fact I can use it for grass clippings too.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

dsolv

Compostable Lawn Bags

From Corn to Compost

Doing yard work can feel so gratifying... right up until the point when you try to load all the grass, leaves and lawn debris into an unwieldy (and environmentally unfriendly) plastic bag or a soggy paper lawn bag.

Enter dsolv. Founded by industrial engineer Paul Kolada, dsolv makes compostable lawn bags that are easy to use,
durable, and designed to decompose along with their contents. The mesh lawn bags are made from a corn-based bio resin. They’re strong and stable when you need them to be, then when they’re exposed to composting microbes, dsolv bags break down completely and return to the soil. Read More Read Less
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Paul
    Paul

    Happy Earth Day from dsolv land - home of the compostable mesh lawn and leaf bag. We're new and we've been hitting the ground (literally) helping to make the clean-up of your yard easier and more eco-friendly! Paul Kolada here – delighted to be grommeting with you today.

    You’re all doing it…admit it…you’re out there in the yard pulling the weeds, raking up the leaves and trimming those bushes. And why are you doing it…to get that yard looking as good, if not better than the Jones next door!

    But then what happens when you try to stuff it all into that brown paper lawn bag. It falls over, it rips, it gets soaking wet…well if that’s the case, we need to talk. Let’s also talk about how all that lawn junk is getting into our landfills when it could be composting. Our dsolv bag dissolves – in less than 12 weeks! I bet you have questions…well fire away – we’re here for you!

  • Kate
    Kate
    4/22/2011 12:20 PM

    Love these! You know what bugs me the most about the paper bags - the advertising that is printed top to bottom on them. I hate putting out these billboards at the end of my driveway for the place I happened to pick up my bags. This solves this issue and so many more all at once! Great find.

  • Paul
    Paul – Special Guest
    4/22/2011 2:21 PM

    @Kate: Thanks! One of our favorite quotes came from our research...we'd filled a bag with grass and one of the women said "It's so cute. It's looks like a little topiary!" It was then that we realized there's an aesthetic quality to the bags too and people appreciate how they look when sitting on the curb.

  • Regan Caton
    Regan Caton
    4/22/2011 2:05 PM

    Hi,

    This looks great,but one question? It says they are made of corn, is the corn grown specifically for this purpose?

    Thank you,

    Regan

  • Paul
    Paul – Special Guest
    4/22/2011 2:17 PM

    @Regan Caton: Thanks for the question Regan. Here's an overview of the process. The bags are made from a sustainable PLA-based resin (polylactic acid). It's the most popular commercially available compostable-grade resin and it finds itself in most of the foodware (cups, plates, utensils) and other film bags that consumers are beginning to use and appreciate as compostable. The feed corn is sourced from the Midwest and bought in the open market. We are one of many manufacturers using corn in this way.

  • Lois
    Lois
    4/22/2011 2:07 PM

    These are really great for weeding or mowed grass. Plus the bottoms don't disintegrate if you let them sit for a week or two.

  • Vicki
    Vicki
    4/22/2011 4:47 PM

    Great idea and product! I have a suggestion, though - if at all possible it's best not to send green waste to a landfill. It's fun and productive to set up a composting system in your yard or use the leaves as mulch directly in the garden as you see fit or around shrubs. If you can't use them, haul them to a larger scale composting operation in your community or find someone who is an avid composter; he or she will hug you for your contribution to their pile! In the landfill green/organic wastes can get compressed and often don't have exposure to the oxygen they need to break down. The anaerobic (without oxygen) decomposition process is sometimes not pretty because it can lead to the formation of toxic leachates. Also, our landfill space is becoming more and more limited and expensive to maintain. Since it's Earth Day, I thought I would bring up these points to help folks think about other options for their green wastes instead of setting them curbside for your city to haul away. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/22/2011 5:54 PM

    @Vicki: Great suggestion, especially for those who don't have separate yard waste pickups in their towns. Thanks for stopping by!

  •  a
    a
    10/21/2012 5:19 AM

    Nothing, biodegradable or not, decomposes in landfills, which, as you described, are specifically engineered to prevent decomposition. Whole, intact hotdogs, among other decomposables, have been recovered from landfills by people who study landfills. So there's no point in buying a biodegradable bag if the user is going to send it to a landfill.

  • Tim Bell
    Tim Bell
    3/28/2012 12:53 PM

    I was looking for biodegradable paper bags and came across this. Looks like a great product, one that I would feel good about using here in New Orleans where we don't even have recycling back since Katrina. Q - most of my yard waste is mulched lawn clippings that land in my mower's bagger. How do these bags do in holding the lawn clippings waste (ie: Will it fall through the mesh, especially when my hardworking garbage man grabs it and swings it towards the truck?) Any picks or video of lawn clippings being bagged? Thanks!

  • Paul
    Paul – Special Guest
    3/29/2012 9:24 AM

    @Tim Bell: We're glad you came across our product! That's a great question about the grass clippings, but have no fear - dsolv bags work great with grass clippings! What ends up happening is the little pieces of grass weave themselves together so that they don't really fall through. Of course some pieces will stick out here and there, but it actually works really well! Here's a video on YouTube showing the bags being used in several ways. Hope you enjoy!

  •  Roxi B
    Roxi B
    10/20/2012 1:39 PM

    I found your Dsolve on Daily Grommet...going to give it a try this fall. Just ordered the kit and refills. I'll let ya know how it works out for me. I like the fact I can use it for grass clippings too.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.