Will Innovation Solve The Plastic Problem?

Plastics are everywhere…  Think about your most essential daily activities. How many times do you come into contact with plastic before you even start your day? Toothbrush. Toothpaste. Comb. Shampoo. Body wash. Loofa. Deodorant… okay I’m ready for a cup of coffee – hopefully you’re taking your own reusable cup to Starbucks. Our biggest issue: …

Why We Should NOT Use Plastic Bags

WHAT’S WRONG WITH PLASTIC BAGS? You’ve probably seen and heard a lot about plastic lately, especially disposable plastic bags. We’ve been using them since the 1960’s, so why are plastic bags suddenly the bad guys? Plastic use has become an epidemic: more than one trillion plastic bags are manufactured every year and they take up …

The Problem with Disposable Cups

WHAT ARE DISPOSABLE CUPS AND WHY ARE THEY SUCH A BIG PROBLEM? Our love for coffee and other takeaway foods supports an enormous consumption of disposable cups around the world (billions every year). It’s a growing environmental problem that deserves attention. If you’re not 100% clear on why disposable cups are such a big problem, …

Why Are Cloth Bags Better Than Plastic?

It’s becoming more and more common to see shoppers using their own cloth tote when they go shopping. Stores are beginning to pose the question, “Do you need a bag?” And many countries and companies around the world are looking to reduce their plastic use by taxing or banning plastic bags altogether. When this happens, …

Top Alternatives to Disposable Plastic Shopping Bags

So you’ve decided to kick the plastic bag habit – great news! But won’t it make life difficult? Is this really going to have an impact? There are great alternatives available to you that don’t cost the earth. There is something for everyone so you can find one that works best for you. How convenient are …

The Plastic Problem: Global Warming

PLASTIC’S CONTRIBUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE The problem with plastic isn’t only about the visible pollution that’s evident everywhere we look today. Plastics also make a significant – and growing – contribution to man-made climate change. How do plastics contribute to climate change? All plastic is made from carbon, but while biopolymers or bioplastics use carbon …

History of Plastic Bags: How Did We Get Here

WHY ARE SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS EVERYWHERE? Plastic bags are ubiquitous and most people don’t question it. Why? Less than 50 years ago plastic bags were a rarity. Now you it seems like you can’t buy anything without it being carried out in a branded plastic bag. If we can understand how we got ourselves …

How to reduce the use of plastic bags

Do you live in an area where plastic bags are taxed or banned? More than 20 U.S. states and 150+ cities and counties have already banned plastic bags, and a growing number of countries around the world are also banning or taxing their use. Why is this happening and how can you respond? Why are plastic …

Reusable vs. Disposable Bags: What’s Better for The Environment?

Is investing in a reusable bag really going to lower your environmental footprint? In this post I will answer three main questions: What’s the environmental impact of disposable bags? What’s the environmental impact of reusable bags? When are reusable bags better than disposable bags? The basics of comparing disposable bags vs reusable bags Before answering …