Thinking Differently: Leaders of Innovation, Apple Patents Environmentally Friendly Paper Shopping Bag

Photograph: USPTO

Apple has long been at the forefront of the consumer electronic industry. Impacting and forever changing culture and societies across the globe through innovation and ingenuity.

In the summer of 2015, the founder of Modern Arts Packaging was reading an article about Apple’s new highly anticipated, self-sufficient headquarters being built in Cupertino, CA. As a frequent Apple Store patron, he was surprised to realize that such a forward thinking and ECO conscious company was still getting their shopping bags so wrong.
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Environmental Evaluation Guide – Shopping Bag Base Materials: ECO Truth Series

The decision to go “green” and develop environmentally friendly shopping bags and retail packaging presents no shortage of conflicting ethical, practical and legal factors to consider.

The base material your packaging is manufactured from is one of the most important elements to review. Optimal Eco-conscious base materials are made from recycled or renewable content that is easily available.

Mixing materials makes recycling in standard waste streams a challenge. The best solution utilizes a die-cut handle or another handle style that is the same base material as the bag. Laminated finishes add a plastic coating to paper and make recycling difficult. Most plastic laminate films will also not degrade naturally.

The guide below is to help you make educated material choices when developing environmentally conscious shopping bags and packaging. However, all projects are specific to individual needs. Contacting a retail packaging specialist at ModernArts will assure your brand’s Eco-friendly packaging efforts are on track.

Green, Eco Friendly Shopping Bag and Retail Packaging Base Material Guide

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Custom Retail Bags Guide: ECO Truth Series

The creation of ECO friendly custom retail bags for a personalized packaging program is not a simple process. It takes educated planning based on thorough review of specific project needs and environmental factors. This multi-part guide is meant to help a brand or retail store further understand the suggested ways to develop ECO friendly shopping bags and customized packaging.

This guide is a go-to resource about the essential general aspects that can make your bags more environmentally friendly. Base materials, mixing materials, preferred ECO bag styles and so much more will be discuss on an introductory level, allowing for a solid foundation of understanding about how to think and approach any ECO packaging project.

Stop guessing and making assumptions about what makes your bags “green” – get educated with this guide. Or pass it along to someone who you feel needs to get more down to earth with their packaging program by sharing via social media below the graphic.

Green Shopping Bag Guide: Part 1

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The True Cost of Fashion and the Shopping Bags It Leaves The Store In

The True Cost Movie is a must see to fully understand the darker side of fashion manufacturing and production.

After you view this stunning and groundbreaking documentary you will easily make the connection from the garments and accessories that are the subject of this film to the bags, boxes and packaging those items go home with the consumer in.

Another stark reminder of the need for responsibly sourcing your retail packaging. At Modern Arts we offer a wide range of environmentally friendly packaging and shopping bags. Our production facilities are also highly responsible and held to strict labor standards.

Just as consumers should be demanding more responsibility from the companies supply our clothing, the same should be true for custom retail packaging and shopping bags.

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LATEST PACKAGING ALERT: THE 40% PCW DEBATE IN THE NEWS

40% Post Consumer Waste Content

FACTS ABOUT 40% POST-CONSUMER-WASTE CONTENT (PCW)

In our ongoing research and follow-up with paper mills, we have found that supporting the 40% Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) requirement with integrity is much more difficult than what seemed possible at first glance. Many paper sources/mills claim to produce paper with recycled content, but when third-party testing is utilized one finds contradictions, distorted data —much confusion.

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A Sack Standoff in the Checkout Aisle

The plastic bags shoppers use to carry their goods home from the store have become an environmental battleground, and statistics are a key weapon in the fight.

Cities around the U.S. have banned or considered banning the bags because of their environmental impact. Manufacturers of the sacks have dueled with environmentalists and makers of reusable bags over carbon footprints. And last week, a maker of reusable bags settled a lawsuit filed by a plastic-bag manufacturer over competing numerical claims on bags’ imprint on the environment.

Reusable-bag makers, which market sacks made of sturdy canvas or recycled plastic meant for years or a lifetime of use, claim disposable plastic bags impose a big burden on the environment and deplete fossil fuels. Plastic-bag makers counter that a large proportion of their bags are reused or recycled, and that reusable bags must be washed frequently, diminishing their green credentials.

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Associated PressA recent suit laid bare how much remains unknown about plastic and reusable bags’ environmental impact.

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New Synthetic Paper YUPO

100% waterproof, tear and stain resistant, prints beautifully, available in opaques and translucent. Ultra smooth Polypropylene makes incredibly strong and reusable shopping bags.

Environmental considerations:

No Ozone layer threatening emissions resulting from the manufacturing process. It is  100% recyclable and generates no detectable amounts of sulfur, chlorine, nitrogen or dioxide gas when properly incinerated.

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