Paper or Plastic? Reusable Plant Fiber is the Answer!

Paper and Plastic Bags

It’s been long debated whether to continue the use of plastic bags to carry our consumer goods. They aren’t biodegradable or compostable.

Paper bags may be a better alternative to plastic bags, but they contribute to environmental problems like deforestation by using at least 10 million trees a year as well as generating pollution from paper manufacturing facilities.

Plant Fiber Bags

Plant fibers are being used more to create shopping bags because the fabric construction doesn’t harm the environment during the plant’s cultivation, product manufacturing, or after being discarded. They can also be reused rather than thrown away and greatly reduce potential wasteresusable-shopping-bag

These reusable shopping bags made of jute, hemp, and cotton blends include totes and market bags, produce bags, zipper bags, grocery bags, backpacks and shopping trolleys, and entire shopping sets you can keep on hand for any circumstance. They are decorative and made of completely biodegradable and compostable materials. They are strong and durable, easy to make and renewable. Blending these unique fibers together enhances the advantages of the characteristics of each plant.

The Difference Between Biodegradable and Degradable

Misunderstanding the terms compostable, biodegradable, and degradable can lead consumers to make mistakes. Products may be labeled and described inaccurately.

Some plastic products claim to be biodegradable when they are merely degradable by going through a process called photodegradation in which sunlight weakens it, breaking it down over a period of many years. However, small toxic particles continue to remain in soil and water for much longer.

Degradable or oxo-degradable refers to a process where plastic materials like polyethylene are treated with additives that include calcium carbonate and heavy metals. They cause the material to disintegrate over time. Oxo-degradable and photo-degradable bags cannot be composted because they will contaminate the soil and limit its uses.

How it Affects the Wildlife and Environment

Plastic bags buried in landfills could take up to 1,000 years to break down and the litter is found in remote areas of the world including Antarctica.

Discarded plastic bags are so common in Africa that people collect as many as 30,000 bags a month and use them to weave hats, bags, and other goods to use and sell.

The United States uses approximately 100 billion plastic shopping bags per year and Japan consumes 300 billion bags each year.

Plastic bag litter not only clutters our world, but it kills marine mammals like turtles, whales, and dolphins who mistakenly eat it. As it breaks down on land, it mixes with soil and water where other animals ingest it and contaminate the food chain…including us.

Plant fiber products are the best choice for our planet’s future and the source is plentiful, organic, and versatile. Simply reusing a decorative bag at the store instead of grabbing yet another paper or plastic one can make a valuable impact on the environment. The amount of bags the U.S. uses annually is staggering and the solution is relatively easy.

To learn more on how you can help save the wildlife and environment by using biodegradable products, please call us today 1-800-524-1052!

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at 2:17 pm and is filed under Go Green.

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