Our Products are biodegradable & recyclable

BagUps are made with biodegradable plastic and recyclable cardboard.  Our trash bags will biodegrade in 2-3 years instead of the 1000's of years it takes for a normal trash bag to decompose. 

Capt Jack Talks Green Trash Bags


Air Force Capt. Jack Licata had office duty once a month that included emptying trash cans. He kept thinking, why are the replacement bags not easily accessible, and why does this have to be so messy? And all these plastic bags certainly aren’t doing our environment any favors. He wondered why no one ever thought of a tissue box for trash bags? Instead of looking in your kitchen cabinet for the next bag, you just pull one out and the next one pops up ready to use. And he thought, why not make them eco-friendly at the same time.  While developing BagUps®, Jack’s fiancé was in a car accident that left her with a head injury and disabled. In the 10 years of her rehabilitation, Jack spent thousands of hours at her side in hospitals assisting her with cognitive and physical therapy. He came to realize that disabled people are just like you and me. They were veterans injured serving their country, individuals who were in car accidents, or had a stroke, and countless others. Jack decided that, if there ever was a way he could make a difference for that community, he would. 

Our TRASH BAGS DECOMPOSE BACK TO THEIR ORIGINAL Molecules, & our Subscription /Refill model reduces our use of cardboard and our overall carbon footprint

make a difference one bag at a time with your purchase or continue to contribute to an earth that looks like this 

How Bagups works

We may be trashy BUT WE ARE OH So LOVEABLE

Go troops!

We’re veteran-owned and operated.

Yay, America!

We’re 100% made in the U.S.

Good jobs, good people

Packed and assembled by veterans and people with disabilities.

Trashy, but green

Our trash bags are ASTM D6954-04 certified, degrade into worm food in 24-36 months, and don't stick around forever like other bags.

Just as hefty

Our 24" X 32" tall kitchen trash bags are .95 MIL and just as thick and tough as your current bags.

Patented Dispensing System

Our dispensing system ensures you do not need to look for another trash bag for your can, & our subscription model refills ensures you will never run out of trash bags in your home.

Let's all be trashy together!

Recyclable Vs. Biodegradable

So what does recycle and made from Recycled products really mean?

The term recycling is very much in the mainstream these days. Everyone wants to buy products that can be recycled. That’s is probably because everyone wants to do their part for the environment while at the same time getting the product they need, want, and are familiar with. Certainly with the help of government policies, initiatives, efforts by cities and towns, and social media the word “recyclable” has become part of our everyday life now. People in almost every country now separate their recyclables from those products that are not recyclable. And although many products now have the recyclable logo or symbols on them, and other products are made with recycled materials, at times we all just take it for granted and don’t even look for the logo and symbols on them. Many people would say and be correct that the recycling has greatly helped with climate change and all of us being eco-friendly.

Products that can be recycled are those that have components in them that can be broken down through supply chain and manufacturing processes so that some of the components of the original product can be used to build another product. Recycled products are those that are made from these components. For example, components (materials, compounds) from empty soda cans that can be recycled might be used to make an aluminum patio chair.  Or plastic bags or cardboard boxes designated with the recycle logo might be broken down to make a new bag or box.

But with all recycling processes, not 100% of the product can be used. Usually somewhere between 50-80% of the product can be used for recycling. So there is typically always some waste.  And once the next product is made from the components of the previous product, the resultant new product usually cannot be recycled again. So when that second product has its end of life (the chair breaks or the bag is used), none of it can be recycled and it is all waste, and probably ends up in a landfill.

How do the Recycling Centers process these reusable components?

Another issue most countries and towns have is how to separate the recycled products.  They need to separate plastics from metals from cardboard, etc. because they are all processed differently to make new products out of the components that are reusable.  Even though most towns in the US now have separate trash collection just for recycled materials, those materials are all combined and need to be sorted.  In many recycling centers in the US they have conveyor belts that separate the products based on using sensors and magnets.  Others have to split bags open first just to get to the contents inside to sort them.  Anyone who has watched Toy Story 3 with their children gets the idea. Some places still use people to hand pick product off the conveyor to sort them correctly.   And some people still use recyclable bags for the trash that is not recyclable, and then the bag never makes it to the recycle processing center, and instead ends up in a landfill and is never recycled. 

Also unfortunately the US used to stack these sorted materials and send them to China for them to use to create new products.  China started to refuse these shipments in 2019. It turns out they have enough of their own.

Why is Biodegradable different than Recyclable?

Well you probably could recycle a biodegradable bag. But it would not be a good candidate for recycling because it breaks down on purpose in 12-36 months. Biodegradable bags decompose on their own much more quickly than regular plastic bags or recyclable bags. At BagUps we have added a chemical agent to help the bag decompose even more quickly when exposed to oxygen and sunlight.  The bag itself will decompose in 12-36 months into crystals that are made up of the molecules they are made of.  Including if they were floating on the ocean.  So you would not put recyclables in a biodegradable bag – you would put in your normal food trash that can’t be recycled. And it will end up in a landfill.  And then when the bag breaks down all the contents (coffee grounds, left overs, etc.) will break down soon after that – and it will create methane gas that can be potentially harvested for energy. And then the bag is gone forever – zero waste.