Pros: sturdy, affordable, claim to be biodegradable
Cons: do they meet their claims?
These bags make for a tricky review, because they make some serious claims, and it's hard to test if they live up to them.
For example, they claim the bags biodegrade 100% in 1-7 years, which is much faster than corn-based biodegradable bags like BioBag or Trellis. Is this claim true? Well, I don't have a compost pile yet, and once I do, it will take a year to test it out! So if it lives up to this claim, that's a great feature, but I can't say if it does.
The company claims the bags are made of 100% natural, organic ingredients, but they don't reveal what those ingredients are.
It also claims to repel flies, which is pretty nice. Again, not an easy claim to test.
The bags are a translucent green, which looks pretty nice. They're also sturdy and thick, which is an important quality for a trash bag. I also collect my recycling in a trash bag, and so far the Eco Smartbags have held up a bit better than your standard garbage bag.
Your standard trash bags cost about 13 cents apiece whereas the Eco Smartbags cost about 34 cents apiece, so they're not terribly expensive. They don't have any drawstrings which is a handy feature, but they do come with twist ties.
So overall I'd have to say the jury is still out regarding exactly how good these bags are, but if they live up to their claims, it's a pretty impressive product.