As a custom plastic bag and resin manufacturer, we’re always looking for ways to minimize the environmental effects of our manufacturing process and the products we produce -- that’s why we offer bio-enhanced degradable resins and eco-friendly plastic bags. However, some of the best ways we can all make a positive ecological difference are by practicing what we call the Three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Reduce the amount of raw materials that are used in manufacturing plastic bags. We encourage suppliers and customers alike to review the size and thickness of their plastic bags. Very often a thinner bag can be used that still retains the same feel, high quality, and functionality of a thicker bag, but uses less resin and petroleum used to make it. We even offer a special mineral filler that replaces some of the petroleum, reducing the cost of the final product while keeping the same size, strength, integrity and performance of the traditional product.
Reuse plastic bags around your home or workplace for a variety of tasks. Almost all plastic handle bags are highly versatile and can be reused, limited only by your imagination. Here are just a few ideas for “repurposing” sturdy, custom plastic handle bags:
- Reusable grocery bags
- Beach, pool, and gym totes
- Hobby and project organizers
- Waste basket or garbage can liners
Recycle plastic bags to help reduce the amount of virgin resins and petroleum used in manufacturing and to keep plastic bags out of landfills. Here’s a quick guide to plastics and their corresponding recycling numbers:
- – poly ethylene terephthalate (PET)
- – high density poly ethylene (HDPE)
- – poly vinyl chloride (PVC)
- – low density poly ethylene (LDPE)
- – poly propylene (PP)
- – poly styrene (PS)
- – other (plastics in this category are harder to recycle – check with your community or store about recycling)
Plastic bag manufacturers and customers can take the Three R’s one step further by specifying additives in their custom plastic bags that will enable them to degrade in a biologically active landfill. For example our eco-friendly MSI Resins for biodegradable bagspromote and accelerate degradation – not just fragmentation – of finished plastic products in an active landfill or compost and can be blended with other additives and any ink or film color.
- Waterproof storage for picnic and camping items
- Spare parts storage
For more information on eco-friendly plastic resins and the custom plastic bags we design and manufacture for standard and specialty products, email us or give us a call at 440-349-0800.