Sometimes green products need to create and add extra value, surprises to consumers, not just green, but need to be "something different" and "cool". We see a lot of great examples of oxo biodegradable bags in USA (CVS earth essential, Perf Go Green, Bags on Board, Out, and some home brands in Sam's Club ), here we would like to share with you one of those that create the most excitement to consumers. (more successful stories)
EZ Bagz are "Cradle to CradleSM" certified, a classification used to describe environmentally-intelligent designs using materials that, once utilized, can be disposed of in any natural environment and decompose into the soil, providing food for small life forms without affecting the natural environment. Biodegradability of Degradable Plastics has been tested and proven to comply with ISO14855 standard defined as "Determination of the ultimate aerobic biodegradability and disintegration of plastic material under controlled composting conditions - Method by analysis of evolved carbon dioxide."
EZ Bagz are there when you need them!
Instead of having to replace a trash bag each time one is removed, EZ Bagz offers a convenient solution by nesting 12 bags into one thoughtfully engineered unit. Secured with an EZ Fit™ elastic flex band, the 12-bag pack stays put in your trash container while you remove each top bag, leaving a fresh bag ready to use immediately. No more worries about finding a bare trash container when you want to throw something away - EZ Bagz are always there when you need them!
The EZ Bagz system is internationally patented* and received the “Product of the Year” award at the annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Show. EZ Bagz has also been named a finalist in the 2010 Housewares Design Awards competition.
*US and Foreign Patents #7,080,750 and #6,102,239
EZ Bagz are affordable! Priced right because of our revolutionary patented manufacturing process, EZ Bagz are the most affordable truly eco-friendly trash bags available on the market today. When you factor in the added convenience of EZ Bagz, the value is heads above the competition.
- This is what the oxo biodegradable world claim:
The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association exists to provide information to encourage greater understanding of oxo-biodegradable plastic technology and the role it can play in protecting the environment for future generations. The Association continues to grow - it now has 87 members in 72 countries. Members are manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and commercial end-users of oxo-biodegradable plastic. It is proud to have on its Scientific Advisory Board some of the world's most distinguished experts in this field of chemistry. Oxo-biodegradable plastic technology provides the safest, most cost-effective method of degrading plastic, with control over the degradation time.
- This is what the hydro biodegradable / compostable world claim:
BioBag products are BPI certified to meet the ASTM D 6400 specification.
When it comes to making marketing claims regarding a product's biodegradable or compostable attributes, the ASTM D 6400 is the industry's gold standard. The ASTM D 6400 is the North American equivalent of the European EN 13432. Both specifications require that biodegradable products completely decompose in a composting setting in a specific time frame, leaving no harmful residues behind.
It is important to note that the ASTM D 6400 is an ASTM specification, meaning specific results must be attained to receive certification. Some manufacturers, who have not met the ASTM D 6400 specification, may reference other ASTM standards to promote their products. Usually, these companies will reference the ASTM 6954 or the ISO 14855 as proof that they have surpassed some standard for biodegradation. In fact, the ASTM 6954 and the ISO 14855 are standard procedures to be followed for conducting tests and have no pass/fail requirements for heavy metal content or a product's ability to disintegrate.
The ASTM D 6400 is currently the ultimate test for a biodegradable product's ability to decompose in ideal composting conditions. Think about it. If a product can't "go away" after being ground up, tumbled, heated to 165 degrees, and placed in the optimum setting for decomposition, a well-run composting site, would it meet most consumers beliefs of what a biodegradable product should be?
Because of the number of unsubstantiated claims in the marketplace, the State of California (see California Law) enacted into law a requirement that products sold in California must meet the ASTM D 6400 specification to claim any "biodegradable qualities." In fact, the state now requires the word "compostable" to be used to define a product's ability to decompose.
Actually, both parties are correct and are reasonable to promote the best benefit of the technology to serve the purpose of the green products:
When do we need oxo biodegradable/ oxo degradable:
- if the bag is not going to end in compost, then we want it to degrade faster, instead of leaving in landfill, ocean, mountains for more than 400 years.
- if the bag need strength and factory cannot change the process, but really need an alternative to go green or become greener.
- if the bag is going to end in compost, for example to tailor to local compost program, to make compost food waste into organic energy, then oxo biodegradable supplier should make consumer 100% understand the oxo bags cannot be used to serve the compost purpose
When do we need hydro/ compostable plastics:
- if the product is going to compost facility for sure, then the compost bag will be required to meet the local compost regulations (for example, in California) - fit the purpose
- but if the product is not going to be disposed in "compost", since compostable bags will not degrade in non-compostable environment, so it will become a pollution too, some compostable product supplier need to stress for consumer's understanding and really make compost bags fit the purpose.
Besides from compostable plastics, oxo biodegradable plastics, there is also "degradable plastics" which only make plastics to break down into small flakes and pieces due to the material is only design to break down into small pieces without changing the material structure, without transforming the material into bio-assimilated materials. So, it's very important to consumers to look at the product packaging for details whether the bags are made by certified technologies
, proven test results, and endorsed by recognized organization that support the technology from professional and knowledgable advisory board.
In recent years we have seen plastic bags provided by grocery stores and other retailers. Some countries have levied a tax on the use of these retail carrier bags while others have banned their use outright. The movement against these bags looks like the elimination of plastic bags would solve all of the earth’s pollution problems. This line of thinking is naive to the extreme.
Walk down any aisle of any grocery store anywhere in the world and you will be surrounded by plastic products that improve the quality of our life – shampoo and laundry detergent bottles, bread bags, cookie and candy packaging, milk jugs, mustard, vinegar, spices and other condiment containers, produce bags, meat, fish and cheese packaging, paper towel and bathroom tissue packaging, and on and on and on. What about all these plastic products? Don’t they also represent potential plastic pollution?
Or have we conveniently ignored all these other plastic products that we find so useful every day?
The reality is that plastic products are deeply embedded in our everyday lives and there is no viable substitute on the horizon. As a result plastic products will continue to be an integral part of our lives for the foreseeable future. But plastic bags represent just a very small part of a much larger concern.
When plastic products have served their useful purpose, like most items that are considered to be “garbage” they end up in landfill sites mixed with other garbage. Much of this garbage is contained in traditional plastic garbage bags which may take hundreds of years to break down, entrapping their contents and preventing them from breaking down as well, and clogging our limited landfill space as a result. In reality these garbage bags represent a much bigger problem than plastic carrier bags. Fortunately there is a solution. (epi-global website)
An eco-friendly Thanksgiving will enrich your family’s holiday experience, because you will know that you have made the world a little brighter by reducing your impact on the environment. And that’s something for which everyone can be thankful.
1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
To make your Thanksgiving celebration as eco-friendly as possible, start with the three Rs of conservation: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying only as much as you need and choosing products that come in packaging that can be recycled.
Recycle paper, and all plastic, glass and aluminum containers. If you don’t already have a compost bin, use your Thanksgiving fruit and vegetable trimmings to start one. The compost will enrich the soil in your garden next spring.
2. Buy and Eat Locally Grown Food
Buying only locally grown food is one good way to have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving. Locally grown food is good for your table, your health and the environment. Locally grown food tastes better than food that has to be grown and packaged for maximum shelf life, and it requires less fuel to reach store shelves.
3. Make Your Meal Organic
Using only organic food for your feast is another good eco-friendly Thanksgiving strategy. Organic fruits, vegetables and grains are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers; organic meat is produced without antibiotics and artificial hormones.
4. Celebrate at Home
Skip the stressful holiday travel and celebrate an eco-friendly Thanksgiving at home.
5. Travel Smart
If you must go over the river and through the woods, there are still ways to have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving. If you drive, use less fuel and lower your emissions by making sure your car is in good working order and your tires are properly inflated.
If you fly, consider purchasing carbon credits to offset your portion of the carbon dioxide emissions generated by your flight. A typical long-haul flight produces nearly four tons of carbon dioxide.
6. Invite the Neighbors
The original Thanksgiving was a neighborly affair. Having survived their first winter in America only through the generosity of the native people who lived nearby, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Rock celebrated a bountiful harvest with a three-day feast to give thanks to God and their Indian neighbors.
Your neighbors probably haven’t saved your life, but chances are they have done things to make your life easier or more enjoyable. Inviting them to share your eco-friendly Thanksgiving is an opportunity to say thank you, and also to reduce auto emissions by keeping more people off the road or ensuring shorter trips.
7. Plant a Tree
Trees absorb carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas that contributes to the greenhouse effectand global warming—and give off oxygen in return. Planting one tree may not seem to make much difference in the face of global climate change, but small things do matter. In one year, the average tree absorbs roughly 26 pounds of carbon dioxide and returns enough oxygen to supply a family of four.
8. Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Decorations
With a few simple supplies and a little imagination, you can make great eco-friendly Thanksgiving decorations and have a lot of fun in the process. Colored construction paper can be cut or folded into simple Pilgrim, turkey and harvest decorations. Later, the paper can be recycled.
Baker’s clay, made from common kitchen ingredients, can be shaped and molded into holiday figures and colored with non-toxic paints or food coloring. When my children were young, we used baker’s clay to make whimsical turkey, Pilgrim and Indian table decorations that drew compliments from our Thanksgiving guests for years.
9. Make it a Spiritual Day
The Pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving fled religious persecution in Europe to seek a better life in America. The Thanksgiving holiday was established to provide a national day of thanksgiving for all Americans. Even if you follow no particular religion, however, Thanksgiving is a good time to count your blessings, beginning with the many ways the natural environment sustains and enriches our lives.
As part of your eco-friendly Thanksgiving, make time for prayer, meditation, reflection, or perhaps just a walk in the woods to contemplate and give thanks for the wonders of nature.
10. Say Thank You
Whatever else you do on Thanksgiving, make it a time to say thank you to the people in your life who matter most and, if possible, to spend time in their company. Life is short, it is the moments that count most, and many of the best moments in life are those spent with friends and family.
If distance or circumstances prevent you from spending Thanksgiving with some of the people you love, call, email or write them a letter (on recycled paper) to tell them why they mean so much to you and how they make your world a better place.
Working as a marketing leader in a GO GREEN company (J-Trend Systems, Inc.) is not always easy, because everytime when a customer complains to me, "why it's so hard to go green; what's the benefit of GO GREEN, why do I need to spend more", I am getting a bit upset and now after so many times, I have been working with my team and people to devote time to think about how to "be innovative" and "go green", and at the same time, achieve cost saving = low cost leadership. This is what my mom told me, the good products need to be greener, cheaper, and better to use.
Here is our rule:
- material reduction, when thinner can get things done, why do we need to make it so thick? When stronger can make customers happy, why not we make customer happier?
- intelligent plastics, when we understand this plastic might not be disposed properly and might take a very long time to degrade in landfill, why not we make it degrade fast and save our earth and save the ocean animals?
- reduce packging and printing, we never over packaging and over printing. If we can get things done with one colour printing, why use two colours? And, we only use water printing ink, eco friendly.
- reduce logistic carbon footprint, logistic sometimes cost a lot of carbon footprint, so we manage to reduce the chances of sending unnecessary samples and use high tech multimedia technology, like Skype to contact conference call and exchange samples through video transmission - direct and much more interactive.
Of course, more development on our innovative low cost products are still under progress and we pull an effort to get things done through green consumers from all over the world, please feel free to write to us, and let's work together for the best GO GREEN products. BRAVO!!!
3R: reuse, reduce, recycle: this is a well-known environment topics, recycling and saving the earth's precious resources.
Reuse: Many items can be used for different purposes. So before you throw items away, everyone should think about how these items can be reused. For example, reuse retail carrier bags as bin liners; send the old stuffs to any of your friend or family that may need them; reuse the drink glass as plant jar; reuse the scratch paper again and stape them together for personal organizer purpose.
Reduce: some people tend to be too wasteful, when you can use one to do the job, why some people use two? reduce is important and is part of the courtesy of chinese and japanese culture that we should cherish what we have and reduce the garbages and reuse stuffs again and again, and reduce the way to consume earth resources.
Recycle: how to properly recycle stuffs, everyone should try to understand how to best rexcycle stuffs and comply to community recycling activities and policies. It is just a habit to make that everyone should at least give it at try to improve the way we live. Some of the people create a lot of garbages, but if they can learn to recycle them, then we will have more recycled material source for our life.
oxo biodegradable plastic products can be reused, recycled and also reduce plastic waste.
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After reading this, we now have a better understanding why it is important to include post consumer recycled contents to our plastic bag making. It is kind of tricky because actually the more recycled content we put in the plastic bag, the thickner we have to make the bag due to the recycled plastic is not as stong as virgin plastic resin. So, worth to read this article to understand how it works and what really benefit the environment and eligible for get the LEED award.
Recycled-Content Plastic Trashcan Liners
Specify the procurement of plastic trash can liners that meet the recycled-content requirements of the EPA guidelines, which require that liners have a minimum 10% postconsumer recycled content. Where possible, purchase locally manufactured recycled content liners to support the local recycling market and reduce transportation costs. When selecting trashcan liners, ensure that the liner is the correct size for the receptacle and of appropriate thickness. Consider using trashcan liners made from bio-based or renewable materials, or completely eliminate the use of trashcan liners to reduce plastic consumption and waste. If biodegradable or compostable liners are used, working with local recycling and waste-handling services will help ensure that bags are composted or disposed of so that they biodegrade in the landfill.