If you’re shopping for a promotional bag, you may be looking for a shopping tote that helps your customer, advertises your small business, and also minimizes your environmental impact. Welcome to International Plastic Bag Free Day! Let this special day inspire you to pursue happy customers and business success as you lend a hand in reducing plastic pollution.
International Plastic Bag Free Day, celebrated every year on July 3, encourages people around the globe to cut down on the use of disposable plastic bags. The goal of the day is to decrease plastic pollution by eliminating the thin, filmy plastic bags commonly used in retail and grocery stores. International Plastic Bag Free Day encourages us to see that a world without the use of so much plastic is possible.
Zero Waste Europe established International Plastic Bag Free Day in 2009, and it has become part of the Break Free from Plastic movement. By 2020, the movement had grown to nearly 6,500 individuals and over 2,400 organizations. The movement seeks solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. It aims to make the planet safer for humans, the environment, and wildlife.
A single-use plastic bag is made primarily from fossil fuel-based chemicals (petrochemicals) and is meant to be discarded right after use—sometimes, in mere minutes. The thin plastic (called polyethylene) used in single-use plastic bags was discovered by accident in England in 1933. Disposable plastic bags began replacing cloth and thicker plastic bags in Europe in 1965, and started spreading to the USA and other countries by 1979. By 1989 single-use plastic bags had almost entirely replaced paper bags globally.
When it comes to single-use plastic bags and environmental impact, numbers say it best:
Single-use plastic bags have a detrimental effect on the environment, wildlife, and human health. Finding alternatives makes good sense!
There is so much awareness locally, nationally, and globally about what we can and need to do, that action is being taken left and right. Momentum is only building as production of single use plastic bags gives way to our common love of and requirement for clean air, clean water, and healthy plants, animals, and humans. A few facts about progress:
The best news: No one is in the dark! When it comes to plastic pollution, it is clear that the proverbial “emperor” is wearing no clothes, or fewer clothes, at least. Reduction of single-use plastic is one of many global, cultural shifts toward responsible living. Just as the plastic bag debacle developed over decades, correction takes time as well. Repair is underway and progress is being made, one person and one transaction at a time.
Every person and every customer has the chance to move the needle! You can help by:
It feels good to be part of the solution! Your customers will appreciate how you make it easy for them to pitch in and say “no thanks” to plastic pollution.
Putting your name on a reusable bag is a great way to lend a hand to shoppers and guests, while getting behind a cause that makes every life better. Branding is about connecting with customers, and a reusable bag is a good vehicle for doing so. When you customize a reusable bag or tote, you see long-term benefits in two ways: 1. your advertising impact lasts longer on a reusable bag, and 2. your brand engages with your customer on an emotionally relevant issue.
Encourage customers to be part of the plastic pollution solution by offering them reusable bags instead of single-use plastic. With your name on the front, you get visibility every time they use, and you both feel confident about your carbon footprint. The popular options are designed for the long-haul, not the landfill:
Budget Shopper Tote with Gray Trim: Note the bright color options and gray trim for eye catching visibility; gusseted bottom for increased capacity; and water-resistant, reusable, recyclable material you can feel good about.
Large Wave Patterned Shopping Bag: Featuring a trendy pattern and wide gusset for generous packing, this bag also includes reinforced handles and a plastic bottom insert to keep contents organized.
Medium Galina Cotton Tote Bag: Long, reinforced handles allow hand or shoulder carrying. Choose your handle color to match or contrast your personalized logo and message.
Foldable Shopper Tote: This foldaway tote features double handles and folds into the corner, held smartly with a draw string closure.
Eco-Friendly Kraft Paper Gayle Tote Bag: This bag combines the natural look of kraft paper reinforced with modern materials to make a trendy tote that’s right on time for today’s customer.
Kody Tote Bag with Ripstop Trim: Double handles on this polyester tote make for easy loading while the attached pouch makes for convenient storage.
Contrast Chaya Tote: This tote features a solid body color with contrasting trim that makes this bag eye-catching and fashion-forward.
Medium Piper Polyester Tote Bag: This sturdy, fashionable tote has reinforced handles and is perfect for grocery runs, conventions, poolside, and picnics.
Recycled Cotton Emma Grocery Tote: Can grocery shopping get any more stylish? This trendy tote contains recycled cotton collected from garment cutting waste, blended with recycled polyester.
Two-Tone Insulated Grocery Tote: This insulated bag features a front open pocket, reinforced handles, and a thermal food safe aluminum foil liner.
Everyone plays a small part in progress and that is the key. We can all try to move the ball forward just a little bit. Together, we will cross the finish line, breathing deeply (fresh air!), living longer, and saying “thank you” to this miracle called Mother Earth.
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