Why THE BETTER BAG?
It's important to think about the long term environmental and economic impact of the products we use daily. It's clear that a reusable product made with recyclable materials that is also easily recycled will always be the preferable product. Moreover, we believe that a key solution to the solid waste problem is to get away, as much as possible, from disposable products and to focus on using reusable/recyclable/sustainable products wherever we can. That is why THE BETTER BAG is The Better Solution!
14 million trees are cut down annually to make paper bags. It takes 4 times more energy to make a paper bag compared to making a plastic bag. Recycling paper bags uses considerably more energy and clean water than recycling plastics. Recycling paper generates far more noxious waste products than recycling plastics.
Disposable Plastic Bags:
The USA currently uses over 100 Billion disposable plastic bags annually. This is equivalent to 12 million barrels of oil! Most municipal and commercial waste recyclers do not accept plastic bags for recycling, consequently only about 2% of the disposable bags used in the USA are now recycled. The rest are either thrown away or end up as litter.
Some disposable plastic bags are being promoted as biodegradable. In theory, biodegradable products are better than disposable non biodegradables. Biodegradable products have their place but we believe that these bags, in many cases are unnecessary and can still be wasteful of resources – why use a throw away product when you can substitute a reuseable product? Moreover, biodegradable bags also have potential to end up as litter until they actually degrade.
Biodegradable bags are made from agricultural products like corn and soy. It’s clear that increased demand for ethanol has pushed up the cost of our everyday food products. If we use agricultural products to make throw away plastic bags, won’t we be creating even more demand for agricultural products and won’t we pay a higher price for our groceries in the end? Reusable bags are clearly the way to go whenever possible.
Other Reuseable Bags
Reuseable Bags Are Only Part of The Solution - Why THE BETTER BAG is a Better Solution:
Lots of reuseable bags are sold in supermarkets today. The most common ones we’ve seen are the non-woven type. These are the cheapest available type of reuseable bag. They normally have no recycled content. They are generally smaller in size and made of a lighter fabric that may easily tear. Since the non woven material is not as strong as our woven and laminated product, bags made from this material require bottom stiffeners to help them stand upright and to make the bottoms less prone to tearing.
Although the tags on these bags say they are made 100% from the same material, our laboratory tests disagree. Virtually, all the non woven bags we’ve tested contained co-mingled materials. Co-mingled materials are much more difficult or impossible to recycle. Co-mingled materials most likely will end up as solid waste. Since most non woven bags have no recycled content they use new resin and consequently are more wasteful of resources than THE BETTER BAG.
Reusable Bags Made From Natural Fibres:
THE BETTER BAG is tougher and more stain resistant than bags made from natural fibres. We believe that natural fibre bags won’t outlast THE BETTER BAG. We have not seen any recycling programs for natural fibre bags rather they are said to be biodegradable. We think that calling these bags biodegradable is more benign than calling them future solid waste. Why use a product that will eventually be thrown away when you can use a recyclable product?