Skip to main content

Switching to Compostable Bags

Foul-weather gear maker Grundéns looks to eco-packaging and materials from recycled fish nets for apparel
Grundéns says it will make its eco-packaging open source to encourage other brands to follow suit.

Grundéns says it will make its eco-packaging open source to encourage other brands to follow suit.

Clothing manufacturers have used poly bags for decades. The thin layer of plastic protects the clothing from damage, and it’s so light that it has a minimal impact on shipping costs. However, those plastic bags will never entirely break down, and they often end up in our waterways.

Experts estimate that more than 500 million plastic bags are produced every year, and the sad truth is that only 1 percent of those bags end up being recycled — part of the estimated 8 million tons of plastic that end up in the oceans annually.

from the

Men’s boardshorts from the Grundéns NetSourced collection.

Rather than sticking with poly bags and asking users to “please recycle,” the folks at Grundéns, which has been producing fishing apparel for nearly 100 years, announced that the company will begin shipping apparel in bags made from glucose. The eco-friendly bag is 100 percent biodegradable and will fully decompose in less than a year. They’re also compostable — you can cut the bags into strips and put them in your garden. The bags will be made using Polylactide, or PLA, a raw material that is created by making glucose from corn starch.

Grundéns says it will make the packaging open source, with information about the supplier printed on the packaging itself, to encourage other brands to follow suit. The company hopes this will increase the rate at which plastic bags are eliminated from the supply chain.

Grundéns also began using ECONYL, a fabric made from recycled fishing nets that would otherwise end up in landfills or drift about the oceans as “ghost nets.” The new material is available in two products, men’s boardshorts and women’s capri pants, as part of the Grundéns NetSourced collection that the
company says it will expand in coming seasons.

The packaging is 100 percent biodegradable and compostable. 

The packaging is 100 percent biodegradable and compostable. 

“With plastics in the ocean playing a major role in the health of many fisheries around the world, we’re taking the lead in bringing an alternative to poly bags to the market,” says Grundéns CEO David Mellon. “Sustainability is a journey, and we are constantly striving to improve the environmental performance of our own products, packaging and operations. This new compostable packaging will allow customers to drop it into their own home or municipal compost stream, confident they aren’t adding plastic waste into the environment.” 

This article was originally published in the July 2021 issue.



Limestone Secures Financing for Expansion

The company said the $6 million in credit will be used to improve its Tennessee manufacturing facility and buy new equipment.


Mastry Marine Names Repower Center

St. Augustine, Fla.-based McKenzie Marine is the engine distributor’s latest designated Suzuki Repower Center.


Vanderbilt Ships First Pontoon

The company said the 700T Series was the first model shipped from its new Fort Wayne, Ind., factory and was delivered to The Marina in Angola, Ind.


NMMA Celebrates CHIPS Act

The legislation aims to return semiconductor manufacturing to the U.S. and allows businesses to deduct R&D costs in the same year they are incurred.


Cox Marine Hires Sales and Support Staff

The diesel outboard builder this week brought aboard a new regional sales director, regional sales manager and an aftersales manager.


Boating Interests Lose Wind Farm Battle

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed wind farm off the Cleveland, Oh., waterfront meets planning requirements.


July Inflation Data Lags June

Consumer Price Index results may indicate that inflation has peaked, and Producer Price Index data was below market expectations.


Yamaha Posts Higher Sales, Profit

The company’s first half 2022 net sales increased to $1.93 billion, and segment income rose to $330 million.