What’s the difference between

When shopping for trash bags, the many different options can be overwhelming, but understanding the difference between low density and high density bags can prevent last evening’s fish from winding up on the floor.


The basic difference between low and high where trash bag density is concerned boils down to chemistry – specifically, to chemical changes that happen when you turn ethylene gas into polyethylene (plastic). Polyethylene will have either a low or high density depending on its exposure to heat and pressure.

Expose the polyethylene to higher temperatures, and it’s molecules branch out – they become less dense – creating a low density trash bag that’s flexible, highly puncture-resistant and thicker in it’s composition; a perfect choice when disposing of pointy objects like nails, glass, wood chips or sharp edged boxes.

By contrast, when you expose the polyethylene to lower temperatures and lower pressure its molecules tend to stay tightly together – the molecular composition is denser – resulting in a trash bag that is stiff, strong, capable of holding lots of weight, but also thinner and consequently not ideal for sharp objects. High density trash bags are great for papers, tissues, food and linens – the typical stuff of bathrooms and kitchens.

So, when we’re talking about how dense a trash bag is, we’re talking not only about the trash bag’s molecular structure, but also about what and how much you can put inside. Think of it this way: Go high when you’re piling up papers and pie and low if it’s sharp like the beak of a crow. (Sounds silly, but it works.)

Whether you choose low or high, you can count on a bag that’s dependable and durable. But tissues and tomatoes are a far cry from nails and needles, and knowing which bag to use will ensure of peace of mind.

Contractor Bags are NOT all the Same, and you may be paying the price

Did you ever purchase a box of 3 Mil contractor bags and wonder why the bags don’t perform as well as the ones that you purchased last time? Or why the bags don’t feel quite as tough? The box says that these bags have the same height, width, and thickness as the other ones, and all contractor bags are the same, right? Wrong. There’s a little secret in the trash bag industry that explains why the quality and performance of a contractor bag seems to vary so much across brands. Once you know this secret, you will never waste money on poor quality contractor bags again. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Get Rid of Grotesque Grocery Bags

For most homeowners, wastepaper baskets are a domestic convenience, but these tiny bins can easily become a problem without the proper liner. In fact, many people choose to reuse old shopping bags as liners, a practice that is generally not recommended as these bags rarely hold up to everyday use. Plasticplace, on the other hand, provides liners for your wastepaper basket that are designed for superior performance. If you are still not sure whether small garbage bags are worth the investment, here are three reasons to do away with grungy grocery bag liners. Continue reading

How Trash Bags Are Made

Garbage bags are a sort of twentieth-century miracle. Since 1950, when first invented by Canadian inventor Harry Wasylyk, garbage bags have revolutionized our sanitation and cleanliness process – versus the old method of letting garbage pile up in germ-ridden metal cans.

Wasylyk created the first trash bag in a chemistry lab. But how are garbage bags manufactured today?

Today, garbage bags are created in large plants using heavy machinery. They are created in long tubes, then cut and separated to produce individual bags. Working with molten plastic can be surprisingly delicate and beautiful! Here’s a simple explanation of the process. Continue reading

What To Do About Smelly Garbage

SUMMER is coming – and with it, smelly trash cans will become an issue as always.

So just imagine: you’re walking down the sidewalk near your neighbor’s property, or maybe climbing down to the garbage room in his building, or even passing the open alley next to his place of business. Suddenly the stench from your neighbor’s garbage hits you hard – a major, major downer. Continue reading

The Mysterious Afterlife of a Single-Use Plastic Bag

Ever peek into the space beneath your sink, or search deep within a kitchen drawer, only to find a cluster of dozens, even hundreds, of bunched-up plastic bags? “How did they get here,” you think, “and did they reproduce while I wasn’t looking?” Maybe you occasionally re-use these plastic bags as makeshift wastebasket liners, or to tote small items from place to place, but your usage cannot possibly keep pace with their speedy accumulation. Perhaps you’d feel guilty throwing them straight into the garbage, especially after only one use. And you really don’t know how to recycle them, since your township’s recycling instructions for plastic bags may be unclear. Plus, they seem like they’ll come in handy again someday. So you shove them out of sight. That explains the unruly bag stash – dwarfed only by your other huge pile, the single socks from the washer, for which you still, someday, hope to find mates.

It’s not easy to know what to do with used plastic bags, or what happens to them when they leave your hands. Overall, everything about plastic bags’ post-use afterlife seems unclear and misunderstood. So, with this post, we will take a look into the process of recycling and reusing plastic bags. Continue reading

Trashion: Nostalgia Edition – Trash Bags in Pop Culture Part II

Trashion – that is, “trash in fashion” – isn’t just cool for us hip inhabitants of the present-day. In fact, Trashion has been on-trend for decades. You just have to scratch beneath the surface a bit – or should we say “lift the lid”? – to fully appreciate it. Let’s take a trip through time and explore Garbage-Can Chic from eras past. Continue reading

A Passion for Trashion: How Trash Bags Have Influenced Pop Culture

At PlasticPlace, we’re all about trash bags. It’s a pretty glamorous field. At least, we think so… but you’d be surprised how much cultural influencers think so too. In fact, tastemakers everywhere – the Hollywood elite, pop artists, bestselling authors – are incorporating trash bags into their most iconic work. After all, trash bags are plasticky, shiny, and unlike anything else – so they’re iconic by nature. Just read on to find out how “Trashion” – that is, trash in fashion – is taking over the world! Continue reading

This Plastic-Eating Bacteria Might Help Save Our Planet

At PlasticPlace, we harbor an intense regard, respect, and sense of responsibility for Earth’s environment, and it shows in the way we do business: we use recycled content whenever possible, and our products can also be recycled going forward, to reduce our plastic footprint to the lightest possible mark.* As a company, we feel our strongest and best when we take accountability for the products we put out into the environment. We pride ourselves on supplying conscientious garbage-containers, so the world itself doesn’t have to be one.

Yet the dilemma of plastic bombarding our Earth’s environment continues to challenge and burden us. So that’s why we are so elated about the most recent news out of Japan, published in the March 11, 2016, edition of the journal Science: A team of researchers has discovered a species of bacteria that eats plastic. In time, we hope this bacteria may speed waste reduction, eventually even offering a plausible solution to our plastic problem – “a viable bioremediation strategy,” as the article phrases it. Can Mother Nature heal where humans have faltered? Continue reading

The Top Five “Trashiest” Moments in High Fashion

The trash bag has finally arrived! We at PlasticPlace, of course, have recognized its hotness (and coolness) for ages. But now, popular culture is finally waking up and realizing that trash bags are great: durable enough to double as fabric, cute enough to pass for pleather, and as dazzlingly versatile as they are readily-available. Lately, trash bags have been winning starring roles, from catwalks to sidewalks, from ceremonies to after-parties, from N.Y.C. to L.A. So, without further ado, let’s count down the five “trashiest” moments in high-fashion history. Continue reading