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Be Careful What You Wish For:

Posted August 9, 2012

         Folk’s, here’s a great article that helps put a different perspective on the latest rage within the retail bag industry.  The author sites some pretty compelling science to back up his ideas why banning bags might not be the wisest thing to do.   
You want to feel good and think plastic bags are bad, so you say, “Hey, I’m going to buy those reusable bags”, only to realize that those, too, are plastic.  Want to buy paper bags as a substitute, great, we sell those too; but as we’ve been saying for years now, it’s not what bag  people use, it’s a question of how do people dispose of that bag AFTER they use it. 
Again, why do we have to turn to outright bans that punish everyone?  You may ask, “How may that be?”  Well, store owners that sell low cost goods are the folks who buy the lower cost bags; and if they have to upgrade a bag because of bans, then ultimately those stores are going to raise their prices to comply with new laws. Hence, we, the paying public, pay more for the things we need in the long run.
              
 As a store or business owner, you need knowledge and information to help you make the right choices. Informed decisions help business owners keep up with the demands and wishes of their clientele!  The following article has some very interesting facts regarding the pro's and con's of the uses of plastics!

Read the full article Here:

http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2012/07/31/plastic_bag_bans_just_another_eco-fad_106336.html

 

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Not all Plastic Bags are created equal.

Posted July 16, 2012

By….. The Bag Hunter
  
Plastic bags come in different thicknesses, or MILS.  A 4 MIL bag is twice as thick as a 2 MIL bag so they should be stronger.  Some low end manufacturers will sell a 4 MIL bag but give the buyers a 3.25 MIL….  That’s almost a 19% difference in plastic.  The factory may be saving a ton, but the consumer is getting much less of a bag, all the while thinking they bought a strong bag.  There are tolerances as to what is acceptable in extruding, and I can see a low in a few bags per thousand, but there are folks out there that pass this off all the time.
 
 A plastic bag is welded (or melted and sealed) together either on the sides or the bottom.  Believe it or not there is a way to mess this part of a bag up.  It’s not done intentionally, but a better manufacturer will know how to set his machines up so they consistently get a good side or bottom seal. 

What happens if you don’t?........   Well let’s just say I hope it not red wine on a white dress.

Lastly is price.  Sometimes when you see prices that are too good to be true, many times there are reasons, and some of those reasons are outlined above…. That being said, we invite you to look at our pricing…  We stay competitive and at times we do blow our competition out of the water and one reason for that is our buying power.  If you have bulk orders, you may qualify for free shipping, and we will work to find the best source for your needs.  We don’t buy thousands of bags a year, or even a million bags a year.  We buy tens of millions of bags a year.  That translate to… We are the Bag experts, and dealing with us, you get our knowledge AND our buying power!

Happy Bag Hunting!

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Los Angeles Considers Plastic & Paper Bag Ban

Posted September 19, 2011

A lawmaker in Los Angeles has introduced legislation that would prohibit all grocery stores in the city from providing paper and plastic bags, and instead require them to give away or sell only reusable totes. The proposed measure is far more sweeping than current laws in cities like San Francisco, where plastic bags are banned, but paper bags are still permitted. “We're taking the next step,” said Los Angeles City Councilor Paul Koretz, who has proposed the ban. “With paper bags, you're still generating litter.”

According to a report produced by the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, approximately 2.3 billion plastic bags and 400 million paper bags are issued annually in the city. Data shows only 5% of plastic bags and 21% of paper bags are recycled. Environmentalists believe that while plastic bags can be especially harmful in polluting waterways, paper bags can also create problems for an ecosystem. “We're hoping that more of these local policies will be a wake-up call,” says Kirsten James, a spokesperson for watchdog group Heal the Bay.

Besides San Francisco, several other cities in California have recently banned the use of plastic bags in grocery and convenience stores. Santa Monica’s ban, for example, went into effect on September 1. Officials in San Mateo and Millbrae will formally discuss potential bans at public meetings over the next month. To date, though, only Los Angeles is debating a plastic and paper bag ban.

Under the Los Angeles proposal, stores that ignore the ban would be fined, with an exemption granted for small plastic bags meant to keep raw vegetables and meats separated from other groceries. Before the ban can become law, the measure needs to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council's Energy and Environment Committee.

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