Plastic bag bans are becoming more common, and New York may be the next state to implement a ban of their own. New York State will likely pass a law regulating single-use plastic bags in the near future. A task force established by Governor Andrew Cuomo, regarding how to handle the influx of disposable plastic bags and the resulting litter, is poised to make a recommendation by the end of the year.
Single-use plastic bags serve their purpose in the short term, providing a quick and easy way to transport items from one place to the next. But, what happens next?
Our infographic detailing the life cycle of a plastic bag tells the story of what goes into making them and breaking them down, and everything in-between. And yet, we feel that there is more to explain when exploring the environmental destruction that plastic bags can cause. There is another side to that story, the one involving recycled bags, and it’s important to examine.
While plastic bags are stuck in their tumultuous lifecycle, eco-friendly consumers are enjoying the journey of their recycled bag. We answer a few questions while looking at the differences between each of these journeys.
Plastic is so commonplace it is hard to imagine life without it. From packaging even to furniture just about everything is made of or comes wrapped in plastic. Plastic is ubiquitous, and it also causes a lot of problems. Plastic has overstayed it’s welcome. This is one reason we have a mission to help businesses market with reusable bags.
Gain Perspective and Motivation from Retail Success Stories
We have worked with retailers for over 20 years helping them create custom reusable bags that help them successfully market their brands. Today we thought we would offer up a some inspiration for those in retail. Read on for quotes from 10 of the most successful people in retail.
With the ongoing rise of interconnectivity in our world and a seemingly never ending to-do list, the convenience of technology is trickling into life’s routines. Take grocery shopping for example, which is something that has always been a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly task that demanded your physical presence. The foot traffic in supermarkets across the world was consistent because that’s just the way things were.
While grocery shopping has been slower to adapt to technological advancements, it’s starting to gain more traction.
As plastic bag bans gain momentum in the United States, North Carolina lawmakers recently overturned a long standing plastic bag ban in the Outer Banks. Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of an environmental bill was overturned by the General Assembly. After an eight year hiatus, disposable plastic bags will be allowed again in shops throughout the Outer Banks.
To address the plastic pollution problem in Kenya, disposable plastic bag bans have been considered twice before. The amount of trash is so significant, that Kenyan officials have tried to pass plastic bag bans and encourage the use of reusable bags for years. Previous Kenya plastic bag ban efforts have not worked and the problem has grown. This past August, Kenya passed what is their third attempt at a disposable plastic bag ban. The latest ban imposes strict penalties upon anyone caught violating the law.
A number of variables go into how customers remember their shopping experiences. Exposure to an assortment of brand messaging and marketing tactics can leave customers with a lot to consider. Luckily, there are promotional products for your brand to take advantage of – products that can differentiate and maximize your message.
With recycled grocery bags, customers and brands gain exposure to new and improved aspects of the shopping experience that would otherwise be hard to achieve. Some aspects of this current experience are outdated and in need of refreshing. Take single-use plastic bags for example. For decades they have been ingrained into the retail culture, providing no value outside of their convenience. Customers have more options today, and brands do too.
For more than 20 years we have been manufacturing reusable bags to help decrease the use of single-use plastic bags. We work hard here at FDP to help keep our landfills free of plastic bags. When I find another organization whose eco-friendly goals align with ours, I always take notice. When I came across a Tweet about an app called Trash Nothing on Twitter last week, I was impressed because it solves a need many of us have – how to get rid of all of the stuff we need to, in a responsible way! The Tweet I read was from an actual user of the Trash Nothing app who was thrilled that they had virtually NO TRASH left over after a move.
In support of reusable bags and in a stand against plastic pollution, Chilean President Michele Bachelet announced big news last week at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Over the next 12 months, Chile plans to ban disposable plastic bags from all coastal cities in Chile. This is the first country in North or South America to issue such a ban and more are sure to follow.