Environmentally Friendly Packaging and Eco Friendly Products
Plus Packaging Inc. recognizes that the composition of our products offers a unique opportunity to focus on the global environment, which prompted us to launch our line of environmentally friendly packaging and mailing supplies and products. It's our goal and corporate responsibility to promote both the reusability and recycling ability of all of our packaging materials. Our direction in recent years has been to design more recyclable bags, as well as other eco friendly packaging supplies, with extended life that keep the promotional messages they carry working longer and out of refuse cans and landfills.
This year we have added eco friendly paper bags that are made from 100% recycled material and printed 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 environmentally friendly products, such as our 100% recyclable and reusable non-woven bags are also made from recycled material that offers an excellent extended life comparable to similar woven eco-friendly 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 custom reusable bags, click here.
Plus Packaging’s Eco-Friendly Commitment
As a company, we are committed to offering environmentally friendly packaging products while protecting the health and safety of our global community. We also believe in doing what we can to reduce the amount of waste that our company generates that has a negative influence on our environment. We implement the following practices whenever possible:
- 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 that we use in our business (paper, bottles, aluminum, etc.) that has also significantly reduced the amount of waste going into the landfill.
In an effort to be a good steward to our environment and the community where we live, we strive to be a supplier you can count on for your eco-friendly packaging supplies. In addition to the eco bags that we carry in stock, we can also source even more diverse products made from a wide selection of recyclable materials, including resources such as corn resin or banana leaves. There is no end to the array of environmentally friendly products and packaging supplies 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!
Environmentally Friendly Products Information & Reference Sheet
Plus Packaging Inc. promotes the reuse of the eco bags we distribute. In fact, our direction in recent years has been to design more recyclable bags with extended life that helps to keep the promotional messages they carry working longer. In fact, 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 make this bag a "cross-contaminated" material, and due to the additional time and costs involved in separating the individual materials, it may be recycled by some and disposed of as normal waste by others. However, 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 cannot determine how the facility in your area will react.
All of Our Recyclable 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 category, with all cardboard being considered pure. Plain brown Kraft and white Kraft bags are also 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 custom 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.