As part of a policy to create a healthier and more environmentally friendly workplace single useCDA plastic bags will be banned at Chicago’s O’Hare airport – which is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. in terms of the number of passengers who pass through each year.
In a highly followed and much anticipated move the European Union released the details of a plan that would give member countries the power to tax or even ban single use plastic bags. Several member countries, like Denmark, Germany and Italy have measures in place and this new initiative would make it easier for member countries without such laws to reduce or completely eliminate the consumption of disposable plastic bags without negatively impacting trade with fellow member countries.
In all seriousness, the only environmentally responsible manner to dispose of single use plastic bags is recycling, and the bags need to be empty when recycled. Single use plastic bags are not biodegradable and they will not safely break down – they will essentially clog the landfill and cause the heap to grow larger. When disposable plastic bags are filled with trash and waste and thrown in a landfill, the plastic will even prevent biodegradable items within the bag from breaking down by cutting off exposure to the elements – so folks that bag of dog poop is there to stay. That’s not cool. You know your pooch wants to be green too!
There has been a lot of back and forth in Europe as individual countries have contemplated, and in some instances, passed single use bag bans or fees intended to encourage shoppers to use reusable shopping bags. The European Union joined the fray and has teetered between indicating such bans were be illegal when passed at the country level, while also indicating an interest in banning disposable plastic bags.
There is certainly a convenience factor to disposable plastic bags, but these flimsy bags are also responsible for a lot of environmental harm, partly because the lightweight construction that makes them easy to carry also allows these bags to function like a sail and be carried off by the wind. When single use plastic bags are deposited in the trash or put in a recycling bin a strong gust of wind can carry them away. Ultimately, any ease disposable plastic bags offer is quickly overshadowed by the environmental harm they cause.
There are a lot of factors to consider when you think about how to promote your brand and what promotional tools you will use. Sustainability is an important feature to think about and here are five reasons why you should consider sustainability the next time you create a custom branded promotional item.
Cities and counties throughout the United States are banning disposable plastic bags or taking measures to reduce use of these single use bags. The objective is typically the same: reduce the negative impacts caused by single use plastic bags. Disposable plastic bags are the culprit behind a whole slew of environmental problems from destruction of animal’s habitats to the deterioration of the food chain and marring the natural beauty of the outdoors and resolution to these problems can require a hefty expense.
Don’t let the name fool you – small business is big business. Small businesses contribute to the strength of our economy and they create jobs. Every major corporation started out as a small business and this is inspiration to foster and grow small businesses. The key to growth is consistency. In order for a small business to grow they need a constant demand for the products or services they provide, and as this demand grows the business will be able to turn more of a profit and reinvest this profit into their business by hiring additional staff, purchasing new equipment, moving into a larger space or maybe opening new locations.
Staying hydrated is definitely important, but don’t fall for the marketing hype behind bottled water. Many companies that sell bottled water want you to believe this water is cleaner or somehow healthier and this is nothing more than a marketing ploy to get you to spend your money. Not only is bottled water an unnecessary expense, but it also creates a lot of trash and wastes a lot of resources.
When marketing your brand you want to select an item that represents your company, fits in with your mission statement, and will give you the best ROI (Return on Investment) right? Well a functional promotional tool like a reusable bag will last for 3-5 years and fill a need for your customers while also getting your brand’s info out there. You know who your demographic is and what appeals to them, so creating a custom reusable bag just for them is a great way to reach your customers and prospects for many years providing great ROI.