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

shopping bag and retail packaging base material eco friendly guide
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Custom Boxes – Rigid Two Piece Natural Kraft Box for ÖR Perfume

Product Launch Packaging for ÖR Gallery. Elegantly Natural Custom Boxes for New Fragrance.

custom boxes for perfume

Jennifer Tzar, the founder and CEO of ÖR Galleries and also a well known fashion photographer, enlisted the expertise of Modern Arts to design and manufacture a custom box for her new fragrance launch.

Main Project Objectives

  • Fast 3 Week Turn-Around
  • Environmentally Appropriate Packaging
  • Micro-Quantities

Project Specifications

Size:

Top: 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ x 4″
Bottom: 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ x 1/2″
Collar: 2-27/32″ x 2-27/32″ x 1″
Insert: 2-23/32″ x 2-23/32″ x 7/8″

Base Material: .048 White Vat Board

Paper Wrap: Recycled Natural Kraft Interior & Exterior

Imprint: 1 Color Gloss Black Hot Stamp – Front Face of Top

Construction: 2 Piece, Hand Stripped. Die cut platform.

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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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Mayor Bloomberg Wants a Plastic Bag Tax

Mayor Bloomberg Wants a Plastic Bag Tax

New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg wants to raise money to help offset the current financial crisis. He has proposed a 5 cent tax on every plastic bag, following in the footsteps of San Francisco and Seattle. New Yorkers use an estimated 1 billion plastic bags a year. The tax could raise an estimated 16 million dollars a year.

San Francisco bans plastic bags unless they are biodegradable, while a proposed 20-cent fee in Seattle is on hold pending a challenge. In Ireland, a 33-cent fee pushed plastic bag use down 94%.

New York considered a plastic bag tax earlier this year but settled for a mandatory recycling program, figuring most stores would just switch to paper, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens) said.

Ikea tried charging customers a nickel per bag, but when demand for its 70 million bags a year dropped 92%, the chain just eliminated them.

“There’s a positive impact on the environment,” spokesman Joseph Roth said. “It certainly has not hindered our sales, and it has helped our reputation.”

Some grocery chains already give customers a discount for every cloth bag they bring. Whole Foods switched its stores to paper bags this year, even though the plastic industry insists paper bags are worse for the environment.

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The Reusable E-Bag

E BAG DESIGN

* Folded Pocket Size: 6″ x 6″
* Size: 6″w x 10″g x 16″ tall -bags suggested 1 size only
* Base Material: 75 gram PP Black non-woven
* Construction: Bottom gusset with two reinforcements and the bag has 2 pleats (of 3″ each) and a front and back – opens
* Handle: 5mm PP soft rope handle weaves in and out of entire top

The “E” Bag is the best designed reusable bag in the world! These facts about the “E” Bags were considered in its design:

1. For maximum reuse, bags must be easily carried and accessible.
2. The “E” Bag is designed to fold easily in a pocket or a purse.
3. The “E” Bag is light, yet very strong. Its patented design allows it to expand in to a large carrier, similar in size to a Jumbo shopping bag
4. Durability tests show that “E” Bags can be carried each day for over a year.
5. It can be carried in three ways: Over the shoulder, as a backpack or hand held
6. The bags are washable
7. “E” Bags are a great and valued promotional tool, a walking billboard in the form of reusable bags that keeps on walking!

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