There are parts of every season of the year that I love. I love how clean and white the winter snow makes our 'world' look here in the prairies. I love how spring is just bursting with new life, and the anticipation of warmer weather! I love how summer is all about playing out in the sun, gardening, parks, swimming and camping. And I love fall too...it's a season of harvest, of beautiful colors and of finally spending a little more time indoors instead of spending every waking moment out in the sun. I also love that fall brings the opportunity to do a lot of fun fall activities together as a family, such as picking apples at the orchard and carving pumpkins! This year GLAD decided to extend a challenge to a few of us who were gearing up to carve some pumpkins this fall. The Glad compostable bags is what we put to the test this year with as we pulled out the insides of our pumpkin and disposed of them inside a Glad compostable bag. The bags have several benefits to them - they have an Odor Guard to keep the smell away and they are compostable...so you can just toss that bag full of food waste & other compostable items into your compost pile and it will all compost together.
So, after selecting the 'perfect' carving pumpkin we dug right in. We cleaned it out, and cut out a happy pumpkin face! It was the face that my daughter really wanted...so, it's not too original, but we like happy fall faces so this fits well for our family. :) As you can see in the photo, we scooped all the seeds and insides into the Glad compostable bag which was neatly tucked into the compostable bin (also from Glad). The insides fit with plenty of room to spare, so we closed the lid and tucked it under the sink to sit for the next 4-5 days...and to see how Glad would hold up under the test.
On the 5th day I pulled the compostable bin out from under the sink and opened it up to see what sort of results we'd had! I had not noticed any foul smells, and took a quick sniff of the bin before I opened the lid - it seemed fairly odorless to me at this point. After opening the lid, I could see that the pumpkin insides had definitely started to rot and mold - but the smell was VERY well contained. We were very impressed with this aspect of the Glad OdourGard Compostable Bags and we would say that they passed the test with flying colors when it came to containing the smell of compost under the sink. If we left compost sitting under the sink in a regular bag (which I have done often!) there would certainly have been a strong odor after 5 days...and probably some leaks out the bottom of the bag as well. One thing that we did notice with the Glad bags and bin, was that there was condensation on the top of the lid. There was quite a bit of condensation, which ran down into the bottom of the bin when we lifted up the lid. Other than the condensation, there were no other leaks and the bag appeared to be water tight - even when I lifted it up out of the bin. In my opinion, a little bit of condensation in the bin is not a big deal. Simply wipe it out, and put another bag in and begin filling with your kitchen compost again.
Our overall take on the OdorGard Compostable Bags from Glad is that they do a great job. They provide all the perks that you need when you're composting your kitchen waste. They contain odour, they compost along with the rest of your compost and they are water tight. Now it's your turn! Grab some Glad compostable bags and start carving your own pumpkins...and then use the rest of the bags for your own every-day compost.
Glad is offering a great coupon ($2.00 off!) to all our readers on their next purchase of Glad Compostable Bags! Head over and snag the coupon today!