Plastics Industry Using FEAR to Push More Plastic on The Planet

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Going Reusable is Safe for People and the Planet

These are definitely trying times and part of what makes routine tasks so stressful lately are all of the unknowns. The quarantine imposed during COVID-19 is unlike anything most of us have ever dealt with. Things that many of us have always taken for granted are now suspect and scrutinized. From how long you wash your hands to whether the items you need will be on the grocery store shelves are issues many people have never given much thought to until now.

The plastics industry is using the concern and fear currently felt by many to promote their own agenda and push more plastic on the planet. This does not constitute medical advice, but reusable shopping bags always have been safe and they continue to be safe.

Here is how you can make sense of the information available and continue to use reusable items in order to protect your health and the health of the planet.

Ongoing Efforts

We have written about the fight the plastic industry has taken against reusable bags before. The plastics industry routinely attempts to question the safety of reusable bags while presenting single-use plastic bags as a safe alternative. This is false.

We’ve previously covered how very bad plastic bags are for the planet. Fear tactics are nothing new for the plastics industry, but using fear around the spread of COVID-19 is a new spin on their existing strategy.

Reusable Bags Are Safe

Our Operations Manager, Beth, found a great resource that explains how the plastics industry is attempting to use the Coronavirus pandemic to grow their business. The Plastics Industry Association has requested the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration take a stand on reusable plastic.

They want the government to officially speak out against the use of reusable products and bans on disposable plastic items. They are not doing this out of concern for public safety, but rather in an attempt to eliminate their competition and pollute the market with single-use plastic bags.

Reusable products are not a danger. At this time there are no studies that indicate reusable plastic bags promote the spread of COVID-19. All of the studies the Plastics Industry Association cites are unfounded.

Understanding the Truth Behind Single-Use Products

Speaking out again reusable products create a false sense of security around single-use plastics. The studies that have been conducted so far indicate the Coronavirus can survive on different materials for varying lengths of time. However, the Coronavirus does not discriminate against single-use plastic or reusable bags.

Single-use bags come into contact with countless people before reaching a consumer, so if a disposable bag were contaminated it could easily spread germs and bacteria.

Reusable bags can become contaminated, however, reusable bags can be cleaned. Routinely cleaning and disinfecting reusable bags ensures they are safe and will prevent the spread of not just COVID-19, but also other gems and bacteria.

Be Safe and Go Reusable Now

Reusable bags are safe for you and your family when they are routinely cleaned. Reusable bags are also great for the planet because they eliminate the need and use of single-use plastic bags that are very likely to end up in landfills or as litter.

When you customize the look of reusable bags they also make great promotional products that spread your branding message in an eco-friendly way.

You can find out why marketing with promotional tote bags works, but some of the major benefits include:

  • Reusable bags are kept for an average of 11 months. During that time a reusable bag will deliver countless impressions and really establish your brand’s presence.
  • Reusable bags are cost-effective. The cost per impression typically works out to fractions of a cent, allowing you to really stretch your marketing budget.
  • A staggering 84% of baby boomers own reusable bags. This is particularly significant if baby boomers make up your demographic, but it is also significant because it points to the fact that reusable bags are not just used and owned by younger generations.

Eco-Friendly Marketing

Reusable bags are safe and they are also great promotional products. We have been in the business of creating custom reusable bags for over 10 years. We are also backed with ISO certifications which are a testament to our commitment to our customers, employees, and the planet.

Design your very own, fully customized reusable shopping bag for your business and create a reusable bag for your organization.


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