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Most Customers Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 24, 2013

While many people debate paper or plastic, and some grocery stores are opting for reusable cloth bags, there is still a place for plastic grocery bags. Many customers are educated and informed and understand that despite the conversation, plastic bags are still the better choice. In fact, most plastic grocery bag users will reuse those same bags.

This is where branding plastic bags is a good idea. When bags are re-used your brand gets more visibility. Plastic bags are reusable and in fact, are re-used very often. Just think about your own household and how often you reuse the plastic grocery bags in your home. Plastic t-shirt bags are used for transporting items, as school lunch bags, and as easy travel bags, among other purposes.

There are many people in many households that, after choosing plastic grocery bags, will then choose to reuse them again and again. Grocery stores, clothing stores, gift shops and other retail stores use plastic bags for their customers to transport their purchases. And these same customers are using those same plastic bags in their personal lives. There are so many uses for plastic bags.

For convenient, durable reusable, environmentally-friendly bags, contact Atlantic Poly. Don’t be fooled by the hype about reusable bags and paper bags.


Surface Protection and Dust Shields for Construction Companies and Contractors

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 18, 2013

More and more homeowners are remodeling. More and more remodeling companies, builders, painters and contractors are getting busier. You can get even more business through referrals. Referrals happen for many reasons. Most are a result of the finished product, many are from the customer service, and some are because of the employees. But for remodeling companies, painters, and contractors did you know that neatness makes a difference to your customers?

Women drive the home remodeling industry. Contractors need to keep the customers, the homeowners, happy by controlling dust from remodeling projects with surface protection and dust shields. Renovation projects are hard enough on the home or business owner, keeping the dust and mess to a minimum is helpful and ‘referral worthy’ to any customer.

Hardwood floors and carpets can be protected and preserved with floor protection film. If you are remodeling a home or business, temporary walls or dust shields can also be used to control dust and debris from entering the spaces that cannot be separated with doors or existing walls. Temporary walls are perfect for protecting adjacent rooms.

Whether you are a painter, renovator, or contractor you need the job site to remain clean and organized for the owners. At the end of the day, the neater and more dust-free the home, the more neighbors they will tell.

Protect  carpets, floors and other rooms with plastic, disposable surface protection products from Atlantic Poly, contact us.


10 Myths About Plastic Grocery Bags

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 04, 2013

Myth #1: Plastic bag bans are spreading like wildfire across the country.

Fact: No. In fact, plastic bags have not been banned anywhere. San Francisco is requiring that consumers use compostable plastic bags instead of 100% recyclable bags. Contrary to popular belief, there is a growing movement to increase access to recycle plastic bags – not eliminate them. New Jersey, Connecticut, and cities in California have all taken recent action to table legislation that would ban certain types of plastic bags and instead are now looking to implement plastic bag recycling programs.

Myth #2: Paper grocery bags are a better environmental choice than plastic grocery bags.

Fact: Plastic bags are 100% recyclable and for all environmental impacts related to air emissions, water emissions and solid waste – those of paper bags are significantly greater than that of plastic grocery bags:

  • Plastic bags use 40% less energy to produce and generate 80% less solid waste than paper
  • Paper bags generate 70% more emissions, and 50 times more water pollutants than plastic bags.
  • Even paper bags made from 100% recycled fiber use more fossil fuels than plastic bags

Myth #3: Plastic bags are the largest component of landfills and the primary component of litter.

Fact: The item most frequently encountered in landfills is paper—on average, it accounts for more than 40% of a landfill's contents. Newspapers alone take up as much as 13% of landfill space.

Myth #4: Plastic grocery bags take 1,000 years to decompose in landfills.

Fact: Virtually nothing – not paper, food, plastic or even compostable or bio degradable products – decompose in today’s landfills, because they are actually designed to be as stable and dry as possible.

Myth #5: Plastic bags feed America’s addiction to oil.

Fact: Plastic bags are extraordinarily energy-efficient to manufacture. Less than .05% of a barrel of oil goes into making all the plastic bags used in the US while 93% - 95% of every barrel of crude oil is burned for fuel and heating purposes. Plastic bags actually consume less fossil fuels during their lifetime than do compostable plastic and paper bags.

Myth #6: Compostable plastic bags can degrade in backyard composts.

Fact: In order to breakdown, compostable bags must be sent to an industrial composting facility, not backyard piles or municipal composting centers. There are very few of these facilities in the U.S. and where these facilities are not available, compostable bags will sit in landfills because they can’t be recycled.

Myth #7: For people who live near water, paper bags are the environmentally friendly choice to protect marine wildlife.

Fact: Since paper bag production has more negative environmental impacts related to air emissions, water emissions and solid waste than plastic grocery bags, they’re not a solution.

Myth #8: Low recycling rates for plastic bags prove recycling them doesn’t work.

Fact: Recycling does work. The problem is not everyone knows that plastic grocery bags are 100% recyclable and not everyone has access to plastic bag recycling in their community. A national at-store plastic bag recycling program would bring the recycling solution to everyone and increase rates.

Myth #9: Recycling plastic bags is too expensive.

Fact: The price of not recycling them is high. Recycling can help save resources and minimize the amount of waste going to landfills. Also, recycling helps reduce litter, as bags are contained and stored. It’s worth noting that it takes 91% less energy to recycle a pound of plastic than it takes to recycle a pound of paper.

Myth #10: There’s no demand for recycled plastic.

Fact: Today there is a growing market for recycled plastic that didn’t exist 15 years ago. It’s also cheaper now to use recycled plastic than to obtain new materials, increasing potential for more recycling of used plastic bags. Recycled plastic grocery and shopping bags are currently being made into new consumer products such as clean new plastic shopping bags, outdoor decking and railing products.

Contact Atlantic Poly for information plastic bags and plastics product.

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