why go green

 


Australians use 7 billion plastic shopping bags per annum, making plastic bags the highest volume add-on packaging. Plastic bags cause detrimental environmental effects in various ways:

 

 

In its production, plastic bags use energy and resources whilst producing greenhouse gases

 

Plastic bags takes up to 1000 years before they begin to break down

 

80 million bags end up as litter, polluting our streets, beaches and parts

 

Bags eventually end up in our marine environment. Planet Ark estimates 100,000 birds, whales, seals and sea turtles are killed each year through plastic bags

 

Plastic bags are a by-product of the oil industry.

 

Recently, there has been a drop of 34% drop in plastic bag usage through voluntary reduction measures. However, this amount is still not enough therefore, legislative intervention appears imminent.

 

New Government Initiatives

The South Australian Government launched a state-wide ban on lightweight, check out style plastic bags under 25 micron on the 4th of May 2009. Research undertaken by the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science at UniSA shows that more than nine in 10 shoppers take reusable bags to do their shopping, compared to about six in ten before the ban took effect. With this South Australian Government initiative there will be almost 400 million less plastic bags in South Australia every year.

In early 2010 the Northern Territory and Western Australian Governments announced their plans to make the move to ban plastic bags for good! Western Australian opposition for environment Sally Talbot announced she would introduce a private member's bill to ban plastic shopping bags, of which it is estimated some 400 million are used in the state each year. The Territory Government has announced the long-awaited climate change policy which is more than 10 months overdue. The policy is expected to include the phasing out of single-use plastic shopping bags to encourage shoppers to use re-usable bags. "We'll be introducing legislation in 2010 to ban plastic bags into the Territory" says NT Chief Minister, Paul Henderson.

 

Why go biodegradable?

The "Ultimate" Bag is made of materials such as cornstarch, which is a renewable resource. The benefits don't stop there - after its disposal, The "Ultimate" Bag will metabolically convert to carbon dioxide, water and biomass. In fact, to be biodegradable, 90% of the bag needs to be converted to CO2 within six months - no exceptions! Compare this to the 1000 years that normal plastic bags take to break down.

 

What is AS4736-2006

It is Australia's biodegradability and compostability standard which was based on a similar European standard (EN13432). To be exempt from a plastic bag levy or the plastic bag ban, bags described as biodegradable must be AS4736-2006 compliant.

The "Ultimate" Bag complies with AS4736-2006.

 

What about the proposed Plastic Bag Levy?

The "Ultimate" Bag is a biodegradable bag, therefore recommended by the "Say No to Plastic Bags" campaign. The "Ultimate" Bag is likely to be exempt from the plastic bags levy.

 

     
     
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