Earth Issues

Think eco-friendly bags next time you shop

 | September 2, 2010

It’s not hard to see that many people have caught on to the reusable bag trend. Not only does it make environmental sense but it can also do something to improve a business’s image.

They come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Reusable and biodegradable bags are the newest answer to the plastic, environmentally-unfriendly shopping bags. While plastic bags use up a small fraction of landfill space, it’s still considered waste. Going biodegradable just makes sense.

In Brandon Glenn’s E-book Green Ideas for Business, Michelle Crossley states: “any waste your company generates is an unnecessary cost. Waste is simply inefficient”.

Consider how many plastic bags you come home with after a day of shopping, or even after a quick visit to the grocery store. While some people will reuse these bags, doesn’t it make more sense to use something you can feel good about throwing away? How about something you can even throw in your compost?

Greg Beresford, president of BioBag Canada Inc. says BioBag has seen a definite increase in the demand for biodegradable bags.
“I’ve been doing this for over 12 years now and the demand increases every year,” he says.

BioBag’s products are made out of a material called Mater-Bi, a compostable, Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) free resin. Even the inks used to logo the bags for other companies are compostable.

“We do not use polyethylene in our products,” says Beresford. “Our base stock of corn or other material takes less than a year to grow. Oil takes much longer to find and make and with paper you are taking out trees 25 years and older.”

Beresford notes that all of the bags can be decomposed in compost between 10 to 45 days, depending on the method of composting.
As Glenn points out in Green Ideas for Business it also makes sound business sense to join the environmentally forward movement towards “green” bags.

“When customers bring their own shopping bags, this is saving the stores money,” the E-book states, adding that printing your logo on shopping bags works as a mobile billboard.

Stash reusable bags in your car, home and even office so that you’ll remember to use them every time you go out and buy something. Smaller ones can even fit in your purse.

Forget about that unsightly tangle of plastic bags hiding underneath the sink. Using reusable, and even compostable bags makes so much more sense environmentally, and for your business financially.

To download a copy of Green Ideas for Business, visit www.greenbagpromos.com.

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