Being green is something we take seriously! Celebrate "Earth Day" every day.
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.
Reusable: Take your bags back to most retail locations and they can either reuse them or have them Recycled. Reuse them at home for small trash can liners, lunch bags, animal waste holders, totes or containers for almost anything.
Convenient:Handles enable users to carry multiple bags at any one time.Water Resistant / Water Repellent: Carry wet or cold items without getting you or your vehicle wet. Unlike paper bags, Plastic Bags retain their strength even when they get wet.
Plastic Bags are very efficient:
Very little space is needed to store environmental friendly plastic bags, which keeps transportation costs at a minimum.
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 is 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.
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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.
The Advantages of Plastic Bags
The strength, fewer atmosphere emissions, durability, low cost, lesser energy and heavy chemicals requirements in manufacture, resistance to water and chemicals, welding properties, and light weight are advantages 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.