Hippo Sak Review

As you guys know, I’m always looking for green-friendly products to try, so this time someone suggested the plant-based brand Hippo Sak to review. I’ve never heard of the brand (you think I’d know everything but I clearly do not). These are plant-based garbage bags made with sugar cane and not fossil fuels so they reduce your carbon footprint. From their website:

Hippo Sak® Plant-Based Tall Kitchen Trash Bags with Hand-Friendly Handles are proudly made from sugar cane instead of fossil fuels, allowing our bags to be renewable, recyclable, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Like all Hippo Sak Tall Kitchen bags, they are 10 times stronger than the leading trash bag brands. We use innovative technologies when making our our 4-ply extra wide Hand-Friendly Handles, Super Strong Film, our patented PowerStrip® Reinforced Bottom – which means no more leaks, holes or tears with our bag! So feel good about taking out the trash without trashing the planet!


When I took a look on Amazon to find Hippo Sak bags, as they don’t sell these in retail stores near me, I gasped at the price: about $13.50 for 45 tall kitchen bags, or over $20 for 90 kitchen bags. I purchased the 45 count as seen below because we’re just two people and a dog.

I was not given any free product for this post, but if you choose to buy from these affiliate links, I will receive a small amount of money.

Okay, so these are expensive, but are they worth it? For me, I’d say absolutely! My boyfriend had purchased these high-tech garbage bags with drawstrings that are supposed to stretch the more garbage you add to them. But what happened is that every time I tried to put them over our oddly-shaped dog-lockable garbage can, they’d rip. So annoying! But these Hippo Sak bags easily went over the top of our garbage can without stretching or ripping.

The bottom is reinforced, and the plastic is not flimsy…it’s really substantial. I was surprised at the thickness of the bag. We filled our trash bag over 2 weeks and there was definitely room for a lot more.

Hippo Sak filled with garbage showing no tears or stretching.
I see you peeking at my garbage!

Overall I’m very happy with my purchase and I’d buy these again.

On another note, these bags are 100% recyclable. So, say you compost all your food scraps, you could potentially carry this bag down to the trash bin, empty it, and then recycle the bag wherever you recycle plastic bags (for me it’s the grocery store) as long as they’re clean. But my county won’t collect trash unless it’s in a bag, so that’s not an option for me. Check with your county, town, or municipality for the rules in your area.

If you’re looking for Hippo Sak in a retail store near you, here’s a Hippo Sak locator they created to help you find it.

Overall, I recommend these bags. If you try them, let me know what you think.

And if you have other products you’d recommend, let me know in the comments or email me at [email protected]. I love to try new things and feel good about reducing my carbon footprint.

Hippo Sak Review


Hi, I'm MJ, a recovering aspirational recycler who started HowToRecycle to share her journey with others. I kindly invite you to share your knowledge with me, talk about issues that are bothering you, tell me where I’m wrong (you know you want to), and help me discover new things!