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Reduce Your Business's Impact on the Environment with These 3 Eco Friendly Bag Solutions

Posted August 20, 2015 reduceCould your business stand to reduce its trash production? Chances are that you've answered "yes" to this question, but you may be at a loss for how exactly to go about that. This is especially true if you are a retail business owner who sends customers away with plastic shopping bags.

Many people think that all plastic bags go to waste, but the truth is that most people actually reuse theirs. Research shows that more than 90% of Americans reuse these bags for purposes like trash disposal, lunch bags, and for pet waste. Yet these bags still take up a considerable amount of resources to make them. Creating just 14 plastic bags, in fact, takes up the same amount of oil that you would use driving a car just one mile. In total, it takes about 12 million barrels of oil to produce the 100 billion or so plastic bags used by Americans each year.

However, there are ways to create environmentally friendly bags of all types for businesses, and some are even eco friendly totes that can be used again and again. If you want more environmentally friendly bags to reduce the trash that your store contributes to, here are three options you might want to consider:

  • Eco Friendly Plastic Bags: Some companies actually offer plastic bags that won't have the same negative impact on the environment. You can even have these bags custom printed to remind your customers to recycle them.

  • Printed Paper Bags: That's right: paper is making a comeback thanks to efforts to reduce plastic manufacturing and consumption. Paper bags can be easily recycled, and they also are made with tough handles so bags are easy to carry.

  • Custom Printed Reusable Shopping Bags: One of the best ways to encourage customers to go green is to sell your own branded reusable shopping bags. This is helpful for anything from carrying groceries to holding large purchases in other retail stores. To encourage customers to bring their own bags, try offering discounts when they use one or enter them into a drawing to win a prize. This is a fun way to get customers to be more environmentally conscious, and it gives you an excellent opportunity for branding.
Have more questions about which bags are right for your business? Be sure to contact us or leave a comment with us.

Here's How You Can Reduce Plastic Bag Waste

Posted August 10, 2015 bagsDid you know that an estimated 1 million birds, along with thousands of other sea animals, die every year from ingesting discarded plastic bags? Every year, people use almost 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags, totaling around 500 plastic bags per person. It's important to know what you can do to reduce your role in this excessive waste, and how cutting down your plastic bag use can help keep the planet safe for years to come.

Reuse - If you already have a ton of plastic bags in your home, you can take the first steps to conservation by reusing them. Instead of adding on to the collection, next time you visit the grocery store, bring some with you to use then. Or, at some retail locations, they have the option available for you to recycle your old plastic bags, instead of throwing them away to pile up in a landfill. (There's already more than enough in there. Every year, the average American throws away nearly 185 pounds of plastic.)

BYOB - Bring your own bag! Some retailers have started selling custom bags that you can reuse every time you shop, usually made from woven fabric. These custom bags can help you reduce your plastic usage, but also prevent you from leaning back on paper bags, which account for nearly 14 million cut trees every year. Not to mention that these bags are reusable for any other occasion, and can be made with nearly any desired design.

Spread the word - It's not enough to assume everyone else will follow your lead in living a more sustainable lifestyle. The more you learn about the dangers of plastic waste, the more you can spread that knowledge to your family and friends, helping them to understand why an adjustment is necessary to protect our environment.