• Green Bag Source
  • We Are Your Earth Friendly "Green" Bag Source

    Green Bag Source, Earth Friendly, Environmentally Friendly, Eco-Friendly, and Nature Friendly are all ways we think describe our concerted effort and dedication to the environment and our planet. We strive not only to be better stewards with what we have been entrusted, but to make available (to our customers) a wide variety of options that suit the growing demand on individuals and companies.

    At International Plastics, we are looking beyond the near future to what we will leave our children's children. We now offer many choices to meet the challenges of Sustainable Packaging initiatives. While most of our stock poly products are made from recyclable polyethylene, we also offer earth friendly alternatives like the new Bio-Tuf compostable can liners. Keep in mind that any of our custom made poly products can be made with new biodegradable additives. These new bioplastic additives aid in compostability and reduces the actual amount of time it takes the plastic film to decompose.

How to be more "Green"

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:
Packaging is here to stay but there are ways to reduce the amount of packaging needed. First, look for products that use less packaging. Use packaging that has already been recycled or use packaging that is biodegradable. Buying in bulk also helps reduce the amount of packaging needed. Sometimes retailers can reuse lightly used bags or can recycle them for you. Reuse them at home for small trash can liners, lunch bags, animal waste holders, totes or containers for almost anything. Or you can collect them along with other recyclable material and take them to your local recycle center.

Plastic Facts

Did you know plastic grocery bags consume 40% less energy to produce and generate 80% less solid waste than paper bags?

Paper sacks generate 70 percent more air and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.

2000 plastic bags weigh 30 pounds, 2000 paper bags weigh 280 pounds. The latter takes up a lot more landfill space.

It takes 91 percent less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper. It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag.

Current research demonstrates that paper in today's landfills does not degrade or break down at a substantially faster rate than plastic does. In fact, nothing completely degrades in modern landfills due to the lack of water, light, oxygen, and other important elements that are necessary for the degradation process to be completed.

It takes 91 percent less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper. It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag.

American plastic bags are made from natural gas, NOT oil. In the U.S., 85 percent of the raw material used to make plastic bags is produced from natural gas. Bags are made from a waste product of refining either oil or natural gas that will exist whether converted into plastic or not. If not converted, this waste would be burned off, releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

Green Bags made with 50% recycled waste (15% Post Consumer) or Biodegradable Additive Available in .00175 white. Custom sizes, styles and colors are available:

Custom Poly Bags

Custom Reclosable Bags

Custom Stock Retail Bagsr

Plastics in the News

Plastics News - "Companies should keep an eye on end-of-life for products" - Mark McClure

Ottowa Citizen - The Stigma of Plastic Bags

Fox News - Plastic Bags Evil? Think Again, Some Scientists Say

PRnewswire - US Sets Record For Plastic Bag Recycling

Associated Content - Seven Uses for Plastic Newspaper Bags

Actions Speak Louder than Words

International Plastics believes that there is more to being environmentally responsible than just mere words. We have been focusing on keeping our planet clean and healthy long before it was the popular and politically correct thing to do. With company and Industry wide policies that promote recycling, conservation, minimizing waste and promoting environmentally friendly charities, we lead the way in keeping the Earth green and healthy. We are a strong family based company that wants to hand down a better and cleaner planet to future generations

We offer additives for photo and compostability but it cost more and won’t allow for recycling. Certain additives that are necessary for some properties in the film simply make it impossible to recycle.

Our bags are made from virgin FDA approved resin. No post consumer recycled waste. When using Regrind resin you need to make a thicker bag to get the same strength of a virgin resin bag.

Recycling: Our Corporate office saves two dumpster loads of paper per month from entering the waste stream through our recycling efforts. We Shred and recycle our paper whenever possible.

  On the manufacturing side: all plastic scraps are sold to scrap processors who regrind it and repelletize it. Then it is resold to plants that use the “regrind” into construction film, and other plastic products that can utilize the reprocessed resin.

Reduction: Reducing the material is the most significant way to be green. Plastic bags are important and are better than paper products for the various reasons already stated... But the best way to help be green is to look at down gauging. Businesses buy 2 mil bags because that is the industry standard. By understanding the application or use of the bag we can recommend and even test other thicknesses and sizes to help reduce the plastic material needed.
oil or natural gas that will exist whether converted into plastic or not. If not converted, this waste would be burned off, releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.Plastic bags are stable and benign in sanitary landfills. Plastic carrier bags can be reused as trash bags or bin bags. Plastic bags are complimentary in many locations but are charged or "taxed" in others.

Multiple types of recycled plastic bags are available:

Green Grocery Bags

Retail Merchandise Green Bags

Green Box Liners or Green Pallet Covers

Green Parts Bags

Green Drum Liners

Green Trash bags

Note: Food grade bags must be manufactured with FDA approved materials and can not contain recycled material.

Advantage of Plastic Bags

Many studies comparing plastic versus paper for shopping bags show that plastic bags have less net environmental effect than paper bags, requiring less energy to produce, transport and recycle; however these studies also note that recycling rates for plastic are significantly lower than for paper. Plastic bags can be incinerated in appropriate facilities for waste-to-energy. Plastic bags are stable and benign in sanitary landfills. Plastic carrier bags can be reused as trash bags or bin bags. Plastic bags are complimentary in many locations but are charged or "taxed" in others.
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Paper Bags VS: Plastic Bags - Real Numbers

Paper VS Plastic Diagram

 

Paper vs. Plasic Flyer

Paper vs. Plastic Flyer

If all the shoppers using plastic bags last year had used paper bags instead, they would have increased the amount of solid waste by over 100 million tons and taken up 7 times more space in landfills.

 

Are plastic bags getting a bad reputation?

Look in almost any newspaper and more than likely you will find an article about local government that is considering to somehow regulate plastic bags. It is becoming easy to hate the "pitiful" plastic bag.

 

Paper vs. Plastic:

Articles usually leave out the facts as well as the side-by-side comparison. A truthful look at what is required to produce 1000 plastic bags versus 1000 similar paper bags. If the biased media would present the facts, as discerning people we could make educated and wise decisions.

 

Plastic bags are now biodegradable

Without overloading you will all the tried and true data there is a new additive that can be put into HDPE plastic bags. It helps the Polyethylene molecules biodegrade. This process takes place aerobically or anaerobically. It can happen with or without the presence of light. Even in landfill conditions, which are normally not conducive to bio-degradation, this action can occur. Paper can disintegrate or biodegrade when air and moisture are present, neither of which are abundant in landfills.

 

What is the root issue with plastic bags?

Litter is the root problem because plastic bags in our past did not degrade at all or were slow to degrade. Today plastic bags can be biodegradable. We do not have to get rid of a misunderstood and good product. A recent newspaper article in a national newspaper states that litter is down in San Francisco due to the ban on grocery store Poly bags. Is that true or are citizens more sensitive to their actions and acting responsible.

 

Recycling paper versus plastic bags

Plastic bags do not “down cycle”, meaning plastic bags can produce plastic bags infinitely. On the other hand, paper has a limited recyclable life span. The fibers deteriorate too much after continued re-pulping. At the end of papers recyclable life it can only be used in fillers and lower grade materials. Paper and plastic are easy to recycle these days. Paper costs more and requires more energy to recycle. Plastic bags are ground up, extruded and in minutes are new plastic bags.

 

Green Plastic bags made from agriculture?

PLA (corn based) plastic bags are not recyclable! It is “Compostable”. There is a vast difference. "Corn" bags would disrupt the recycling of normal PE plastic bags and to begin with they cost as much as paper. PLA is great for many products, just not grocery bags in our opinion.

 

Are plastic bags made out of oil from overseas?

There is less foreign oil used to make plastic bags than there is to make paper ones, due in part because less energy is required. True, some PE is made from oil derivatives; but take a look at the source of that poly resin. In years past, Asian resin was used to make the plastic bags. Currently the Asian governments no longer controls PE resin. Today's sources come from home and start from Natural Gas and a by-product of the distillation of crude oil (foreign or local) but not the oil itself. Ethane Extraction is advancing in the scientific community with exciting new developments and research. Fewer and fewer new materials, ethane or otherwise are needed to make plastic bags.

 

Where does this leave us?

Both paper and plastic when made in the USA from recycled US materials by emission reducing processes are not particularly bad, they just have different properties.

 

Recycle: Returning a product for reprocessing into another type of product that would use the components of the original product in its makeup. This is not remaking the old product in a like new product. Recycling reduces the need for additional raw material for the production of bags.

Recyclable: Product which can be collected from waste and made into another product.

Reduce: Using less of something, or use alternatives with less bulk to reduce the content going into landfills.

Re-use: Use again, at least once. A single re-use of a bag will reduce the number of bags going into a landfill by 50%.
 

Biodegradable: Materials capable of undergoing biological anaerobic or aerobic decomposition by the action of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae under conditions naturally occurring in the biosphere.


Compostable: Materials that undergo degradation by biological process during composting to yield CO2, water, inorganic compounds and biomass at a rate consistent with other compostable materials in commercial/industrial composting conditions and leave no visible, distinguishable or toxic residue.

Degradable: Materials that have the capability to break down from a whole into parts or completely break down into natural substances in the normal process of exposure to natural events. Most degradable products are either biodegradable or photodegradable. Degradable bags cannot be recycled.
 

Post Consumer Recycled (PCR): The product discarded by consumers after use, which is separated, then added to new resin material to produce plastic bags. In order to retain the integrity and strength of the bags during use, no more than 25% PCR is used. A bag containing PCR material and one without is minimal or unnoticeable.

Post Industrial Recycled (PIR): Generally plastic scraps and cuttings from plastic bag extrusion. Recycling eliminates any waste from ending up in a landfill.

Shelf Life: Blank or printed degradable bags have a 12 to 18 month shelf life, under normal storage and temperature conditions. Storage in a closed container away from light can help extend the life of the bags.

 

Educated people make educated choices. Plastic or paper? You decide, both are good and sustainable products.

 

Paper Grocery Bags VS: Plastic Grocery Bags - Real Numbers:

    1000 Grocery Size Paper Shopping Bags 1000 Grocery Size Plastic Shopping Bags  
    Paper Grocery Bag T-Shirt Bags on Dispenser  
  Type Paper Plastic  
  Weight
140 lbs.
15 lbs.
 
  Cubic Feet
17.8 cu. feet
0.4 cu. feet
 
  Cost
$230
$35
 
  Shipping
$28
$3
 
  Total Cost
$258
$38
 
  Diesel used in transit
0.58 gallons
0.06 gallons
 
  Biodegradable?
yes
yes
 
  Recyclable?
yes
yes
 
  Air Emissions
3.225 lbs. solids
1.62 lbs. solids
 
  Petroleum used
3.67 lbs.
1.62 lbs.
 
  BTUs required
1,629,000
649,000
 
  Indefinite recycled life?
no
yes
 
  USA raw materials?
yes
yes
 

 

Shipping assumes truck freight at $20/cwt for 1,000 miles average. 6 mile per gallon hauling 40,000 lbs in a full truck load. Emission and BTU data from The University of Texas at Austin, Michigan Technological University, and the US Environmental Protection Agency 2001. Bags are compared with new materials. Plastic bags require less energy to collect and recycle than paper bags

Source: Nashville Wraps

 

Recyclable Plastic Green Bags

Green Bags made with 50% recycled waste (15% Post Consumer) or Biodegradable Additive Available in .00175 white. Custom sizes, styles and colors are available:

Custom Poly Bags

Custom Reclosable Bags

Custom Stock Retail Bags

Custom Trade Show Bags

Custom Poly Tubing

 

Keeping all trash out of the waste stream as long as possible is key to helping the environment. When the bag can no longer function, customers should seek out a recycling program in their area.

Geographical listing of stores accepting bags for recycling in your area

 

Multiple types of recycled plastic bags are available.

 

Note: Food grade bags must be manufactured with FDA approved materials and can not contain recycled material.