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The PET Shopping Bag: Innovation in Sustainable Packaging


Recycling PET: The Latest Environmental Breakthrough in Reusable Shopping Bags

Modern Arts and shoppingbags.com continues to seek ways to help save the environment. One of the first U.S. retail packaging manufacturers to invest with the help of Dow Chemical in research for the reusable shopping bag, Alex Lindsay, President and CEO of shoppingbags.com, is introducing another line of products to the eco-friendly retail packaging industry, the PET Shopping Bag, made from 100% post consumer material (water and soda bottles).

This is truly a win-win for the preservation of the environment; 100% post consumer material made into a long-lasting reusable shopping bag combined with a promotional, fashionable style suitable of the image of any designer store. Modern Arts new "PET Shopping Bag and Retail Packaging" offer the ultimate solution to function and design and more importantly, the environment.

In 2007, 4 billion gallons of water were marketed in individual 12 oz plastic bottles. These bottles, polyethylene terephthalate, or PET for short, are made from natural gas and petroleum. In use since 1990, only 23% of PET bottles are recycled, and the rest end up in landfills.

This is now changing! PET is being recycled into more and more items, including carpets, clothing, automotive parts, new bottles, and now, shopping bags and other retail packaging.

Reusing these bottles is relevant in several ways. Each year the United States uses the equivalent of 17 million barrels of crude oil to make new PET bottles. Recycling the more than 2.7 million tons of plastic PET bottles will drastically reduce annual U.S. oil consumption. Just as important, it will help reduce the 2,592,000,000 pounds of plastic being sent to landfills. Additionally, it has become economically more viable to recycle than to produce virgin PET bottles, and an entire industry has been created recollecting the more than 25 billion pounds of PET bottles littering the environment, and has become a major U.S. export to countries like China.

And, for the retailer, the PET shopping bags offer a superior option to recycling paper or creating reusable bags out of virgin plastics. PET retail packaging is manufactured into shopping bags and soft gift boxes, like the new Modern Arts PET Soft Box available at shoppingbags.com. Available in many styles, sizes, shapes, and colors, PET retail packaging is the latest product geared toward the "three R's" of saving the environment: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Contact Us online for more information, or 518-828-6800 for more information about this new hot product in the world of retail packaging and marketing.

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