What should be done about plastic bags? 20 March 2012

The European Commission is to publish proposals in the spring designed to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Europe each year. Most of the 15,000 people who took part in a public consultation favoured an outright ban - but what are the options?

Every year 800,000 tonnes of so-called single-use plastic bags are used in the European Union - the average EU citizen used 191 of them in 2010, the Commission says, and only 6% were recycled.

More than four billion bags are thrown away each year.

"The impact of this plastic waste can be seen littering our landscape, threatening our wildlife and accumulating as 'plastic soup' in the Pacific Ocean, which may cover more than 15,000,000 sq km," says Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik.

So what are the options for addressing the problem and where have they been tried?

Complete ban

Last year Italy became the first country in Europe to ban non-biodegradable single-use plastic bags.

A number of countries have banned very thin plastic bags, including China, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Bangladesh - in Bangladesh's case, it was found that the bags had clogged up the drainage system, exacerbating deadly floods.

READ ON...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17027990

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WE'VE MOVED TO OUR NEW SHOWROOM! 18 March 2012

Smartbag Packaging and our parent company Randacor Trading Inc. have moved to our NEW HOME in the GX-Building. We are now conveniently located with other fashion and accessories wholesalers in downtown Vancouver for your convenience.

Our new hours will be Monday to Friday 9 AM - 5 PM and SAT by appointment only. We will be offering free bag samples for all those interested.

Our parent company Randacor Trading (www.randacor.com) will also provide a new exciting set of LED products for wholesale at our new showroom! Come visit, we will make it worth your while!

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Are reusable bags fully recyclable? 04 July 2011

There is lots of talk about green washing and eco-marketing but really how much of what you do is 100% environmentally friendly?

Smartbag has created the first 100% reusable shopping bag for only $0.35 cents each and it really is 100% recyclable! The reason is because this bag is only made from one type of material that is 100% recyclable polypropylene. This means that Smartbag's budgetbag does not contain any cotton threads, nylon, metal grommets or laminated material.

What does this mean for recyclers? This means that when the recycling company goes to sort your budget bags in the depot they just put your bags in with the hard plastics and they do not have to worry whether or not your reusable bags thread or grommets will cause problems in the recycling machine. Clogging of the grinding machines is normally the biggest worry for the recyclers which is why many provinces in Canada still do not recycle reusable bags.

The budget bag solves this problem by using heat to seal the seams and heat to seal the handles so there is no need for threads or grommets to keep the bag together. This is similar to the method used in making paper bags which use only glue but the budget bags use only heat. In addition, to the 100% use of 1 material for production the ink is 100% made from water based products which guarantees that even when grinded up for reuse there will be no leaching of harmful chemicals into other recycled products.

For more information about the 100% recyclable bag visit this link http://www.smartbag.com/products_detail.php?id=78

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