Eco-Friendly Products, Bags, and Packaging
Plus Packaging Inc. recognizes that the composition of our products offer a unique opportunity to focus on the global environment and prompted us to launch our eco-friendly products. It's our goal and corporate responsibility to promote both the reusability and recycling ability of all of our packaging products. Our direction in recent years has been to design more bags, as well as other packaging materials with extended life that keep the promotional messages they carry working longer and out of refuse cans and landfills.
This year we have added environmentally-friendly paper bags that are made from 100% recycled material and plastic bags that are made from up to 40% recycled material and up to 20% of a non-petroleum calcium filler which reduces the use of petroleum based resins by as much as 60%. Our eco-friendly products like our 100% recyclable and reusable non-woven bags are also made from recycled material that offer an excellent extended life comparable to similar woven eco-friendly bags bags like nylon or canvas. The non-woven material is non-allergenic, non-toxic and non-corrosive, making it safe for people and the environment. Yet it does not end there. We will continue to explore eco-friendly product options to help protect our environment. To see our full line of eco-friendly products click here.
As a company we are committed to offering eco-friendly bags and packaging while protecting the health and safety of our global community. We also believe in doing what we can to reduce the amount of waste our company generates that has a negative influence on our environment. When possible we have implemented the following:
- All of the recyclable scrap bags generated at our facility from the printing process are recycled by our local recycling service and our plastic bag sources. We encourage you to do the same.
- Our imprinting waste byproducts are recycled into alternative fuel energy sources, further eliminating their disposal into landfills.
- We reuse most raw material cartons and packaging received to reduce the amount of new corrugated material that is required.
- We have implemented a company-wide recycling program to reclaim the everyday materials we use in our business (paper, bottles, aluminum, etc.) that has also significantly reduced the amount of waste going into the landfill.
We want to be a good steward to our environment and the community where we live as well as being a supplier you can count on for eco-friendly products. In addition to the eco-friendly bags we carry in stock we can also source even more diverse products made from a wide selection of materials, including resources such as corn resin or banana leaves. There is no end to the array of products we can offer to help you achieve favorable results with your next earth-friendly project. It is not only our responsibility, but our pleasure to serve the 6.7 billion people that we share this earth with.
Bag Recycling Information and Environmental Reference Sheet
Plus Packaging Inc. promotes the reuse of the bags we distribute. In fact, our direction in recent years has been to design more bags with extended life that keep the promotional messages they carry working longer and out of the refuse cans and landfills. We believe that our non woven bags offer an extended life that rivals similar reusable woven bags like nylon or canvas. This reference information (below) has been created to help you understand some of the complexities of recycling programs.
All bags sold by Plus Packaging Inc.. can be reused and recycled where facilities exist. As for recycling, this depends on what the collection facilities will do in each area around the country. Our Celebration series of non woven bags have been constructed of a polypropylene composition in a "pure" form for recycling. Most of our other non woven bags have some type of embellishment that restricts them from being considered "pure".
For example, our Explorer Backpacks contain 3 other materials in addition to the polypropylene - metal grommets, draw cords and reflective strips - that a recycler must also deal with during the recycling process. These items makes this bag a "cross-contaminated" material that will be recycled by some recycling facilities and disposed of as normal waste by others, due to the additional time and costs involved to separate the individual materials. All of the materials are recyclable once they have been separated. Some recyclers will process all materials by filtering out the impurities or separating them out mechanically but we can not determine how the facility in your area will react.
All of our bags are classified under one of 4 categories:
Non-Woven Polypropylene Bags and Shear Elegance Tissue
Only the Celebration totes would be considered pure since they have no zippers, eyelets, cords, Velcro or bottom boards.
High Density "Frosted" Polyethylene Bags
Only our Frosted Brite Trapezoid and Frosted Brite Die Cut bags are considered pure since they have no cords, rivets, poly windows or bottom boards.
Low Density "Glossy" Polyethylene Bags
All Glow Bags, Die Cut Handle Bags, Litter Bags, Poly-Draw Bags, Flag Bags, Door Knob Bags and Soft Loop Handle Bags are pure. The only cross-contaminated LDPE bags are our Cotton Draw Bags.
Paper Bags, Bag/Boxes and Paper Tissue
For paper bags, bag/boxes and paper tissue, most recycling facilities also group paper into a pure or cross-contaminated with all cardboard being included in the pure category. Plain brown Kraft and white Kraft bags are considered pure. All other bags which have paper twisted handles, cord handles, gloss or matte laminated finishes, or that have been dyed or flood coated to give them color are considered cross-contaminated. This also includes our Designer Tissue and Paper Shred.
Plus Packaging Inc. recognizes that the composition of our products offer a unique opportunity to focus on the environment. As such, it's our goal and corporate responsibility to promote both the reusability and recycling ability of all of our products. Check your local government recycling laws for applicability. The presence of what appears to be a recycling symbol does not necessarily mean that the product or material will be accepted locally. Conversely, products that have no recycling symbol present can still be recycled and will be sorted as applicable by the responsible collection facility. In all cases, the best information can be obtained directly from the recycling facility in your area. At Plus Packaging Inc., we recycle all of our own scrap bags created during the imprinting process.