Everyone knows litter is a problem, but not everyone may understand just how big of a problem plastic litter is, especially in our oceans. It can be easy to overlook the problem of plastic litter in oceans since most people don’t spend extended amounts of time on the open water. When trash enters the water it gets caught up in gyres or ocean currents, creating a big flotilla of plastic garbage. As trash is caught and churns within this massive heap of garbage one plastic bag can break apart into thousands of smaller pieces of plastic, and each of these smaller pieces can wreak havoc within the ocean, as well as far beyond the water.
When you weigh the pros and cons, reusable shopping bags always come out on top of single-use plastic bags. From using up non-renewable resources, damaging the planet and polluting our planet for thousands of years, there are a lot of reasons to dislike disposable plastic bags. Obviously using reusable shopping bags requires forming habits when it comes to remembering to bring your bags to the store and routinely cleaning your bags (here’s more info on that), but when you compare all of the factors, reusable bags are clearly the better choice.
Trade shows are a great opportunity to meet and get to know your clients and vendors and forge a rapport with prospective contacts. Once you make contact with people at a trade show you need to lay the ground work to keep the relationship moving forward, and custom eco-friendly reusable products are a great way to increase brand recognition at a trade show and long after the event is over. In case you missed it, our very own Shane recently wrote a post for TSNN about how to utilize eco tactics to increase brand recognition with trade show giveaways.
California is in the news again as another proposed law is aiming to ban plastic bags from supermarkets across the state. In the proposed bill, which is a collaboration between Senators Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) and Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), not only would single-use plastic bags be banned, but stores would be allowed to charge 10 cents for every recyclable bag shoppers need.
Of course you want to secure a great price on your branded promotional bag because saving money is always great for your bottom line, but if you can lock in a great price and your customers can use your branded bag for years to come that gives you an amazing return on investment. We have rounded up some ideas to help you navigate the process and get a great price for your custom reusable bags.
Disposable bag bans are clearly great for the environment since they prevent litter and the damaging effects discarded single-use plastic bags can have on ecosystems and municipalities alike. Another benefit of disposable bag bans is the boost they give to businesses. When a single-use bag ban goes into action, residents need to make the switch to reusable grocery bags. This is a great chance for you to create a customized bag that will help your customers out by filling their need for a reusable bag while also spreading the word about your brand.
Deciding which methods and products to use to market your brand is a big decision. There are so many options available and things to consider, from price and return on investment to environmental impact and effectiveness at establishing and maintaining brand recognition. A customized reusable bag will tick a lot of the boxes on your marketing product must have list, and at Factory Direct Promos we can help you navigate the process and deliver quality, well-made reusable bags that your customers will love and use for years to come to promote your brand.
Last June a ban on single-use plastic bags was passed in Los Angeles. Starting January 1, 2014 single-use plastic bags were banned from stores that sell perishable foods and make at least $2 million in gross annual sales or occupy at least 10,000 square feet of retail space within the City of Los Angeles. The ordinance also levies a 10-cent fee on paper bags and will extend to smaller stores on July 1, 2014. Stores that do not comply with the ban will be fined to encourage participation. The ban does not cover stores that do not carry groceries, such as department stores.
The beauty of reusable bags is that they are so incredibly versatile. Most folks think about using reusable grocery bag reusable bags for grocery shopping, which is great and they definitely fulfill a need whether at a large chain supermarket or a corner bodega. There’s no reason why you cannot also bring your reusable bags along when you run other errands or head to the mall and there is no reason to think of reusable bags as the same design.