Thursday, July 26, 2012

Plastic Bags and Alternatives


 
Data taken from the International Bottom Trawl Survey and the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme by CEFAS indicates that plastic bags makes up around 40% of all the marine litter evaluated at stations across UK waters and the North Sea. In the Bay of Biscay most of the waste items found on the seabed were plastic (92%) and of those 94% were plastic bags (OSPAR, 2009). In this respect over 30 NGOs are making a final call to EU Environment ministers ahead of the July 15 deadline for setting marine litter targets, as required under EU law.

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Today's show will focus on Plastic Bags and eco-bag alternatives.  

Stefanie Kushner  is joining us today to share how her passion for environmentally friendly bags inspired the creation of the Bag Inspiration business. Today this company focuses on selling fair trade bags made of recycled or repurposed materials, which highlights their goal of helping change the lives of people who would otherwise have very little hope for a better life. The company also finds ways to help their clients raise funds for a variety of worthy charities… we’ll learn all about their efforts in encouraging consumers to make a huge difference with their purchasing decisions.   

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2 comments:

  1. Hello,

    Nice post! Plastic bag is one of the most important you can take on the environment. Customers and businesses rely on plastic bags as a convenient multi-purpose and inexpensive way to transport items. It also more easily recyclable than some of the other options, such as paper bags. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. So very true - there is such a debate about plastic and paper bags. Personally if I had the choice I'd normally choose plastic due to the reuse-ability :) For instance thrift stores and food banks reuse them for their clients and shoppers. I reuse them too for lots of things (see our Trash Talk book series) however they are recyclable and don't usually break when full of groceries. I do, however, enjoy reusing the few paper bags that I do get - cutting them open and laying flat to absorb excess cookie grease while they cool. And they make great compost or worm bin fodder! :)
      Thanks for the comment!

      Lillian
      http://brummet.ca

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