Great Britain is close to taking new efforts to reduce plastic trash. Using an overwhelmingly successful single-use plastic bag fee as inspiration, British officials are looking at the impact of other types of plastic and how to effectively handle such materials. If all goes according to plan the British crackdown on plastic will continue.
On average Americans throw away 25 billion paper coffee cups each year. This is a staggering amount, and accounts for a massive use of resources. To make matters worse disposable coffee cups are very difficult to recycle, and leave a long lasting and unfortunate legacy. What is the best way to take your coffee to go? In a reusable travel coffee cup – check out our infographic to learn why this is the cup of choice.
What Is the Lifecycle of a Plastic Bag?
Five trillion disposable plastic bags are produced each year. That’s a whole lot of bags using up a ton of resources, and they have some serious long-term environmental impacts. Check out our info graphic to follow the life cycle a plastic bag, and learn about the entire journey.
Staying hydrated is important; especially during the warmer summer months. Carrying water on the go is a great way to make sure you drink plenty of fluids, but the type of bottle you use makes all the difference to the environment. Bottled water has become big business and the environmental impact can be dire. Here we look at the impact of bottled water versus reusable water bottles.
Disposable plastic bags may seem like an unremarkable item. They are a convenient way to carry things home from the store and many people do not give them much thought; however, the impact single-use plastic bags can have is staggering. If you haven’t made the switch to reusable grocery bags, this Infographic may change your mind.
The paper and the print industry have unfairly gained a reputation as harmful to the environment, when the reality is almost the exact opposite. To get the facts and help dispel this myth, our sister company, Superior Business Solutions, created an Infographic that spells out the sustainability of both print and paper. You can see the Infographic below.
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!
Ban Would Eliminate Plastic Bags in California Grocery Stores
A proposed bill by state California Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) aims to ban disposable plastic shopping bags in grocery stores and pharmacies starting January 1, 2015. Shoppers would be encouraged to bring their own reusable grocery bags or pay a fee, probably about 10 cents per paper bag used. The proposal would extend to convenience and liquor stores starting on January 1, 2016.
Plastic shopping bags are such a ubiquitous part of everyday life, but most people do not know the full story concerning these disposable hazards. From the manufacturing process through disposal, plastic bags can cause a lot of harm. While reusable bags are a great solution, they do require some maintenance to insure they are clean and safe.
Last year 25 billion paper cups were thrown away just in the United States. This number may seem staggering, but think back to how many disposable coffee cups you saw this morning and how many to-go cups you saw at work after lunch. Disposable cups are a common sight and they easily pile up in our landfills. Many paper cups are difficult to impossible to recycle – the plastic coating that allows the cup to hold fluids is great for preventing leaks, but it also thwarts any effort to recycle the cup. Plastic cups are not much better since people typically toss them in the trash when they are done instead of recycling them.