A Reusable Bag That Dissolves?

Puma, a German sports and shoe company, is on a mission to reduce its carbon footprint. It recently unveiled “Clever Little Shopper,” a new reusable shopping bag made out of cornstarch that will decompose in a compost pile in three months. If that’s too long for you or you don’t compost, it can also be dissolved using warm water.

Crazy, right? I’ll admit that even though I am concerned about possible contamination to our drinking water, I kind of want to try it out.

Do you think that a dissolvable reusable bag is a good idea?

(Original post was discovered via Earth 911.)

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  1. Avatar for Arman Sadeghi Jennifer says:

    It’s a step up from plastic bags that never biodegrade and muck up our oceans, but…do we even need bags for shoes, which come in their own box? I’m not totally reassured by the red goo they poured down the drain, either, even if they claim it’s environmentally safe! I think I’ll stick with my cloth bags…

    1. Avatar for Arman Sadeghi Amy Erickson says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      I think the bag is supposed to be instead of the shoebox, though I could have read that wrong. Either way, there is too much packaging for a pair of shoes.

      It looks like a fun science experiment to dissolve the bag, but I’m not reassured by the red goo either. You kind of have to wonder about the chemicals it takes to make this kind of a bag (and do we really want them contaminating our water? Or clogging our drain even?).

      I’ll stick with my cloth bags too 🙂

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