We believe in creating a healthy and green planet. Not only do we encourage all of our customers to recycle their plastic and paper products, we actually go a step above and incentivize them to recycle with our Scraps Buy Back Program. We will pay you to recycle! We also offer reusable bag and packaging options. Let’s work together to create a sustainable Earth.
The Sustainability of Plastic
Plastic bags produce more than 50% LESS greenhouse gases than paper or cotton bags.
American plastic bags are made from natural gas, not oil. In the US, 85% of the raw material used to make plastic bags is produced from natural gas.
Plastic bags are not “single use.” 9 out of 10 Americans report reusing them for other household purposes.
Recycled plastic bags are used to make new plastic bags and building products, such as backyard decks, playground equipment, and fences.
95.5% of the 500 million imported reusable bags end up in landfills.
Plastic bags require 70% less energy to make and consume 96% less water than paper bag production.
The Problems of Plastic Bag Bans
Recyclable plastic bags don’t pose the potential health risks associated with reusable bags. 500 million reusable bags that are imported each year have been found to contain dangerous levels of lead, which can rub off onto the food families eat. Lead ingestion can cause irreversible nervous system and organ damage, seizures, coma, and death. Children can suffer from many lead-related problems like learning disabilities, behavioral problems, developmental delay, lower IQ, hyperactivity, impaired hearing, and stunted growth.
Reusable bags take up to 9.3% more space than regular plastic bags in landfills.
If reusable bags aren’t sanitized properly (with soapy water at least 140 degrees) after each use, they can harbor dangerous bacteria. Microbiologists have found E. coli, salmonella, fecal coliform, and other harmful bacteria in reusable bags. Bacteria build-up on reusable bags was 300 percent higher than what is considered safe and storing reusable bags in a hot trunk — which many people do — causes the bacteria to grow 10x faster.
Bag bans and taxes do not help reduce waste, litter, or marine debris.
Plastic retail bags make up less than 2% of litter so bans and taxes are ineffective at reducing overall litter.
Bans and taxes on plastic bags harm America’s working class families, hurt small businesses, and destroy jobs. About 30,000 people are employed and supported by plastic bag manufacturing and the recycling industry. Bag taxes hurt small businesses’s ability to compete with bigger retailers. When the cost of a plastic bag tax is passed to the consumer, it also hurts a lower income family’s ability to buy food to survive.
We make products that are completely biodegradable. The process of making these products biodegradable involves adding a natural component like flour to the plastic mix. Because these products are made with natural components, they do have an expiration date. If you have a good understanding of your inventory needs and keep a small supply of regular recyclable plastic bags in stock, providing biodegradable plastic bags to your customers is a great way to earn sustainability points with your audience.
All Plast buys back any clean, unused or scrape materials for recycling. This is more money back in your pocket and you can feel great about keeping landfills clear of any unnecessary waste. Together we can help keep our planet clean and green. Use the contact us page to find out how much more money you case save by letting us buy your scrap plastic.