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Reusable Bags

High quality reusable bags are becoming more and more popular not only in the US, but around the world. Reusable bags are becoming fashionable accessories that are both eco friendly, trendy and stylish. Planet Earth Bag offers a wide range of personalized and brandable bags for people or agencies who want to save money, care about our environment, want to lower waste and really desire to sport their stylish-side. Reusable earth friendly bags are the future if we are to preserve our environment. Planet Earth Bag offers trendy eco type bags, recyclable totes and we can customize hot cold bag or insulated thermal bags, which are durable and sure to last. Groups can use these eco type bags for fundraisers, business promotion at trade shows, etc… Your use for eco type bags is only limited by your own imagination. This is a win-win situation and why so many people turn to Planet Earth located at www.PlanetEarthBag.com when looking for customized bags.

The Many Functions of Reusable Bags

These reusable grocery bags can be used for many situations. Some individuals use them for grocery shopping whereas others use them as purses, tote bags, or for weekend trips. These bags are biodegradable and can be used for promotional events, to fund raise, or for businesses that really want to market themselves in a socially responsible manner. Thus, everyone from stay-at-home mothers to small businesses can make use of these accessories.

Durable Materials and Diverse Designs

Planet Earth friendly bags are made with the best materials around. Thus, one can be sure to not only have an eye-catching item, but one that will last. This ensures that both individuals and groups get their money’s worth from such an investment. One can invest in a number of styles, too. For example, there are gift and tote bag designs as well as thermal ones, too. Having so many different options means that people can choose the right message, logo, colors and design for their needs.

Help the Earth Be More Environmentally Conscious

Nations around the world are becoming more environmentally conscious. Thus, investing in reusable bags is important for people and businesses that want to keep up with the times, do something kind for the world and show customers they are conscious of such issues. Investing in these bags is sure to set businesses apart from the competition and help the world at the same time.

Planet Earth Bag make available bags in high quantities so that businesses/organizations can buy in bulk. Additionally, once ordered and designed, the reusable bags will be finished fast. This quick turnaround is important to groups that need the bags for a specific fundraiser or event. For a free custom reusable bag quote, interested parties need to email or call Planet Earth Bag at 1-888-623-3326 today to get started.

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Are Reusable Shopping Bags Practical and Sustainable?

In a word: Yes!

Reusable eco-friendly bags from Planet Earth Bag are durable, washable, practical and stylish! They do double duty for businesses that produce and distribute them by providing durable, permanent advertising in the form of branding or logo use. As a promotional item, reusable shopping bags are affordable, desirable and highly visible. Stores, companies and agencies that support protecting the planet can let the world know by providing affordable, attractive, useful shopping bags to clients and customers.

What about food safety concerns and reusable shopping bags?

Reusable shopping bags are far superior to either paper or plastic bags when it comes to food safety. Planet Earth Bags are available in hot and cold and insulated thermal styles to keep foods separate, fresh and at just the right temperature until you get them home and properly stored. Businesses and agencies providing these sturdy, practical food transport bags are sure to meet with success. As a promotional item and giveaway at fund raisers and trade shows, this type of durable, useful, branded item is wildly popular. By providing your customers with ample numbers of reusable bags, you ensure optimum visibility for your business while ensuring that your customers have plenty of reusable bags on hand to make it from one laundry day to the next hygienically.

Are reusable bags a good investment for shoppers and the businesses that provide them?

Because these branded bags are strong and versatile, they are an extremely good investment for both the businesses producing and providing them and the people who use them. Consumers can make good use of branded, logo bags as daily shopping bags, library book bags, tote bags for overnight trips or weekend getaways and more. A logo branded, reusable tote bag is sure to be seen and admired in a wide variety of venues thus ensuring good return on every advertising penny invested in its production.

Is the production of reusable bags eco-friendly!

Planet Earth green bags are skillfully crafted of high quality, all-natural materials to withstand a long life of hard use. When your Planet Earth bag is finally ready for retirement, you can take comfort in the knowledge that all materials used in its production are biodegradable. This fact enables companies providing reusable bags to clearly express their support of sustainable living with no mixed messages. Planet Earth bags are eco-friendly from start to finish!

How easy is it to order logo branded, reusable shopping bags?

Ordering logo-branded, reusable shopping bags from Planet Earth bags is easy, fast, affordable and smart! Modern businesses and organizations that want to stay on the cutting edge of sustainability can order attractive, personalized Planet Earth Bags in bulk to save lots of money. It’s quick to order, quick to design, and bag production turnaround is rapid. When you order your personalized reusable shopping bags from Planet Earth Bag, you can get your positive message of sustainability out to the world in a fast and effective manner.

Create green jobs and let the plastic bag ban work for you and your business or organization! Just fill out the form at www.PlanetEarthBag.com or call 1-888-623-3326 any time of the day or night to get a quick quote on your order of personalized reusable grocery bags, reusable hot and cold or thermal bags, reusable shopping bags or recycled paper totes.

When you order smart, sustainable, logo-branded reusable bags from PlanetEarthBag.com, everybody wins!

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Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ban Presents Opportunities For Green Bag Businesses And Eco-Friendly Companies!

In a previous blog post, we wrote about the city of Los Angeles and their vote to institute a citywide plastic bag ban. The Council unanimously voted in favor of the measure 13-1 after four years of debate.  To further recap, the ban will be phased in over the next year for businesses of 10,000 square feet or more and/or sales of $2 million or more annually. Larger stores within this group are required to go plastic bag free within 6 months of the date of the ban. Smaller stores have a full year to comply. When shopping in a plastic-bag-free store, consumers will be required to provide reusable shopping bags or pay 10 cents each for paper bags. Stores located in low income neighborhoods would be exempt from the 10 cent charge.

The sole holdout on the plastic bag ban vote was Councilman Bernard Parks who recalled that the ban on paper bags some years ago caused the current plastic bag problem. He expressed concerns that the results of a plastic bag ban might also be problematic.

Parks feared that reusable shopping bags might result in cross-contamination between meat, dairy and produce. He expressed concerns that people who are without home laundry facilities might be unable to keep their reusable shopping bags clean enough for safe use.

Parks said that he felt the city’s strong recycling efforts, which result in approximately 70% of city waste being recycled, were ample to address any green concerns. He expressed the opinion that the loss of income and jobs for factories and workers producing plastic bags were not adequately addressed.

Councilman Eric Garcetti, who supports the ban on plastic bags countered Councilman Parks concerns by pointing out that the use of disposable plastic bags was not common until circa 1975, yet prior to that time there were not problems with epidemic proportion commingling of bacteria from one type of food to another. He went on to say that many small cities have banned plastic bags without resulting health issues.

Councilman Garcetti praised the decision, which he believes will save the city of Los Angeles over $16 million in plastic bag clean-up annually. He said that, while he acknowledges that there will be some resultant job loss with this decision (in bag production and clean-up) there will also be an increase in green jobs (in reusable shopping bag production and maintenance).

Councilman Garcetti expressed the opinion that the plastic bag ban is a sustainable decision that will ultimately bode well for large and small businesses, individuals and the city of Los Angeles as a whole.

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Are Plastic Bags Killing us Slowly?

Apart from the atomic bomb, the other human invention that has continuously given us relentless headache is the plastic bag. Every year, millions of plastic bags are discarded onto our environment with very adverse effects. The one property that makes them popular, that is, their resistance to degradation, has turned around to make them a menace to the environment.

The extent to which the plastic bags are affecting the environment can be clearly seen when you look at the world’s water masses. With a lot of the discarded plastic waste being washed into the seas and oceans, marine life is slowly getting choked. Once the plastic waste is washed into the sea, it can be carried for thousands of kilometers.

Did you know that Americans discard up to 100 billion plastic bags every year? Well, that is how serious it is. To put you in the picture, this is equal to dumping 12 million oil barrels to the environment. As if that is not enough, studies are now showing that the colorings and ink used on these bags have lead in them, which as you know is a toxin.

Again, reports by the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation indicate that each year thousands of marine animals die after consuming or getting entangled in plastic. For the same reason, over a million birds die each year. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Scientific experiments have been conducted to determine how long it would take for plastic bags to degrade. The results have not been very pleasant. One Dr. Andrady did such an experiment to determine the time it would take for polyethylene to biodegrade. By using a live bacteria culture, he realized that it took a whole year to degrade less than 1% of the sample he had. This clearly shows how hard it is for plastic to biodegrade.

With the realization of the adverse effects of the plastic bags, many states and countries are now imposing plastic bag bans. Instead, shopping outlets are being encouraged to use reusable shopping bags. While some people and organizations are opposed to the banning of plastic bags due to the fact that they are cheaper than paper and that they are convenient to carry around, their impact on the environment cannot be ignored. Efforts have been made to encourage people to use eco-friendly bags. Most outlets are now using reusable shopping bags which are also known as green bags since they are eco-friendly. Green is the color of the environment.

The use of alternative bags is being encouraged. One of the most favorite options is the cloth bags which are largely reusable. Their impact on the environment is reduced as compared to plastic bags. Paper bags are another alternative, but environmentalists argue that this will encourage the cutting down of trees which again will adversely affect the environment. As such getting eco-friendly bags to replace the plastic bags becomes a serious balancing act.

There is a lot of information on the effects of plastic on the environment and possible solutions to this menace. If you need more information, we are willing to share it with you.

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LA Plastic Ban and Its Implications

The ban on single-use plastic bags by Los Angeles recently made it the largest city to impose such a ban. This was after the LA City Council voted 13-1 in favor of the ban. The only exception to the ban is on handle-less produce bags. And the only opposition to the ban emanated from the concern that raw meat and other groceries would probably be contaminated by using reusable bags.

The ban gives a grace period of 12 months for small outlets to phase out the bags while larger supermarkets have been given six months. About 10,000 outlets are directly affected by this ban. This means that the retail establishments will have to look for reusable bags for packaging their customers’ purchases.

Implications Of The Ban
Besides the requirement for retail outlets to provide reusable bags to customers, there are other implications from this ban. To start with, failure to comply with the ban will result in a written warning in the first instance. Further failure to comply results in $100 fine for the first violation, $200 for the second and $500 for the third and any other eventual violation for every day the breach occurs.

However, besides the legal implications some people are concerned of the implications on the manufacturers of the plastic bags. For example, the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) representing the manufactures argues that thousands of jobs will be lost. They argue that the imported green bags are not a better option for the environment.

At the same time, where retailers will not provide free reusable shopping bags, the customers will have to either bring their reusable bags or purchase them at the retail establishments.

With the ban on plastic bags, LA is expected to save on the costs of cleanup that has been compounded by the tons of plastic that has to be collected each year. However, it is not expected that the ban will affect the retail outlets as they are only expected to adopt the use of eco-friendly bags, which they can either supply for free or sell to their customers.

The environmental implications of this ban are also expected to be positive. Out of all the garbage found on the surface of the ocean, 90% of it is non-biodegradable plastic. This has had adverse effects on marine life. And with Los Angeles’ proximity to some of the important rivers and the ocean, the ban could probably have not come at a better time. It may further help reduce the pollution of these waters.

Another environmental impact is the conservation of fossil fuel since the amount of plastic used every year translates to millions of oil barrels. In fact, it is estimated that the amount of plastic used every year in the US is equivalent to a whooping 12 million barrels of oil. And with LA using an estimated 2.7 billion bags annually, the ban will definitely have an impact in conserving the fossil fuel used each year.

Whether you use plastic as shopping bags or hot and cold bags, it is important to be adequately informed about its effects. And we are ready to give you all the information you need in order to make an informed choice on plastic bags.

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Do Your Reusable Bags Pose a Health Risk?

A 2010 study carried out by the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University found that almost all reusable bags collected randomly from consumers contained a significant number of bacteria. Half the bags contained coliform bacteria while many of them had several opportunistic pathogens. While such information may tempt you to go back to plastic disposable bags, this is not such a viable option, especially with the increasing plastic bag bans.

Do you wash your reusable bag?
Some researchers concluded that reusable bags potentially played a significant role in cross contamination of foods especially if they were not washed properly and on a regular basis. One important finding from this study was that only 3 percent of the bag owners reported ever cleaning their reusable bags. The study also revealed that a simple effort to wash the bag by hand or machine reduced bacteria by more than 99.9 percent. Simply put, while it is commendable for you to opt for eco-friendly bags in an effort to preserve the environment, simple hygiene should also be observed in order to make the most of reusable shopping bags.

Is your bag multi-purpose?
People with reusable bags will often use them to carry other items in addition to groceries, including other shopping, biking supplies, snacks, books and even clothes. However, this increases the bag’s exposure to bacteria, so it becomes even more important to ensure that the bag is cleaned regularly. During transportation, usually in a car, the bag can be further exposed to bacteria, which could easily multiply significantly because of the temperature in the vehicle. Ideally, you should avoid using the grocery bag for other purposes and instead have a different bag for each purpose to avoid cross contamination.

Minimize bacteria
There are other steps that you can take to avoid the health problems associated with bacteria found in reusable bags. One of them is to wrap any uncooked meat, fish or poultry in separate plastic bags before you pack them in the bag. This is effective in avoiding the contamination that may result from the leaking juices. You should also consider having separate bags for meats and other foods, ensuring that each bag is washed regularly, depending on how often it is used. In addition, it is advisable to wash the bag whenever it gets wet and dry it completely before the next use.

Storage
Since most reusable shopping bags are made of fabric, it is very important to store them in an airy environment. This allows them to release any moisture they may be holding, which greatly discourages the build-up of bacteria in the bags. A closet or a small confined space is not the best place to store your reusable bag. In addition, leaving your unwashed bags in the car is also ill-advised, since the heat acts as an incubator for bacteria multiplication.

Washing your reusable bags
Bags made from woven canvas can easily be machine-washed using hot water and detergent. If the bag is made from composite man-made fiber such as nonwoven polyproplylene, wash it by hand or use the gentle cycle on your washing machine. Ensure that you turn the bag inside out when washing. Ultimately, once you make a habit of cleaning your reusable bags, you will soon realize that it is a small price to pay for the contribution you are making to the environment.

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Green Movement Gets Going

As economic times get tougher, more and more people are (fortunately) turning to green living as a way to not only save the environment, but also save a great deal of money. Reusable, refurbished, repurposed and rededicated items are not just for the thrifty at heart. Green is hip: shopping bags are now an item in every shopper’s grocery cart; flooring options for the home now include repurposed barn wood flooring; gardeners compost their food scraps and leaves; and people walk or ride their eco-friendly scooters to work.

Thanks to the great tide of information available on every possible green/money saving tip from eco-bags to eco-clothing, it is easier than ever before to live a completely green life at a fraction of the cost. Grandmothers, homesteaders, urbanites and professionals are falling into this rich way of living, and discovering that going green saves them a great deal of greenbacks. Creatively recycling items can help anyone live a simpler and cleaner lifestyle without cramping style or amenities. Green technology is available to help many people keep their amenities while adjusting their consumption of energy, and a good green home is comfortable, reliable and often quite inexpensive.

Before someone decides to run out to the nearest wilderness and live off of the land, however, they need to educate themselves and decide where to make the small changes first. According to the EPA, in 2009, the average American threw away (meaning it ended up in a landfill) over 243 million tons of trash. Much of it could have easily been recycled or repurposed, including the 60% of yard trimmings that would have made perfectly good mulch. The best way to go green is to begin with the simplest methods and work up from there: use recycled grocery bags, weatherize the home, and reuse refuse instead of throwing it away.

Consumers are finding a big financial pinch at both the gas stations and grocery stores, and in order to offset the rising costs of living, many people in both urban and suburban areas are turning back to gardening to help live a greener and less expensive life. Gardening can produce homegrown tomatoes, potatoes, or just herbs, and can be a great place to recycle old newspapers (mulch) coffee grounds (soil enrichment) or scrap wood (Adirondack chairs). Thinking green means finding creative ways to continue using items in order to avoid throwing them away, not purchasing the latest electronic gadgets or solar powered computers.

Simple, cost-effective steps can lead to complex solutions, and will ensure a safer and cleaner Earth for all inhabitants both now and in the future.

 

Going Green with Solar Energy Has Never Been More Affordable

Solar energy first entered the consciousness of American consumers in the 1970s, when a worldwide oil shortage resulted in gas shortages and long lines at gas stations. While photovoltaic (PV) technology had been around since the 1800s, it took the race to space of the 1960s to transform solar energy into a viable energy alternative. NASA realized that sun-power could be a reliable source of energy for spacecraft. When the oil crisis hit, solar panels were just beginning to be used to generate electricity for buildings here on Earth.

Solar has come a long way since the 1970s. Early home PV systems proved to be too expensive for most homeowners. All PV systems require a substantial upfront cost for the installation. The investment is recouped over time through monthly savings on energy bills. The ROI period on those early systems was around 20 years, which was as long as the system was expected to operate efficiently. Today, homeowners can expect to recover their investment in half that time, and the lifetime of today’s PV systems is 25 to 30 years or longer.

Today, improvements in technology combined with rebates and tax credits that are offered by government and utility incentive programs have made residential PV systems far more affordable. According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, home PV system installation costs have dropped 43 percent since 1998.

The federal government incentive program has contributed to the growth of green energy by offering up to a tax credit that covers up to 30 percent of a PV system’s installation cost. In some areas of the country, incentive programs offered at the state and local level are nearly as generous. Combined, the rebates and credits can reduce the upfront cost of going solar by 60 percent or more. Homeowners immediately enjoy lower energy bills, and once the initial cost is recovered, the electricity that a home PV system generates is free for years to come.

For those that like the idea of going green with solar appealing, but still find the initial cost a barrier, leasing options are now available throughout the country as well. With a solar lease, the solar provider purchases the system, installs it, insures it and maintains it. The homeowner then pays the provider for the energy that the system produces, which is less than what was being paid for conventional electricity. Solar leases can be had for little or no money down.

Aside from home solar panel arrays, there are plenty of other solar products that people can purchase to contribute to green energy solutions. From solar outdoor lighting to solar-powered e-readers, using energy powered by the sun has never been easier.

Are You a Square Peg in a Round Hole? Go Green and Think Outside the Box!

Who knew that green living could be so fun? Many people seem to think that eco-friendly tasks, products and lifestyles require citizens to squat around a campfire in pelts while gnawing on their roots and berries. Thankfully, that is not the case. In fact, using the same old products in new ways is not only smart, but fun. For example, rather than throw away an old plastic grocery bag, tape them onto projects that are being spray-painted. The bags keep the spray paint off the other areas, and they can be moved from place to place on the project as needed.

If that wasn’t a spectacular enough re-purposing, try this: make a summer-time dehydrator with nothing more than a cardboard box, foil and plastic wrap. Create the green living dehydrator by simply lining the inside of a plain cardboard box with foil. Punch a small hole in each side of the box for ventilation. Then, place a single layer of the foods to be dehydrated, such as apples, in the box and cover the opening with plastic wrap. Place in full sun in the hottest part of the summer, and see how quickly foods can dry!

Of course, no green eco-friendly home would be complete without appropriate décor made from the materials found in Nature. For example, large shells make fantastic bookends. Simply clean and dry well, then fill the inner shell area with Plaster of Paris, making sure to keep the plaster level and smooth. Once that is completely dry, cover with felt or material, and enjoy.

Repurposing items into crafts is not for everyone, and some people would simply prefer to conserve energy, enjoy green technology in their homes, or save money. As more people turn to simpler living, others are seeing how easy it can be. However, whether or not someone is a Michelangelo of the green movement and can build a cabin by hand with nothing more than a handsaw does not mean that everyone else can or should. Rather, consistent small steps often make the most difference.

For example, according to plasticbagrecycling.org, in 2010, the recycling centers in the United States reported an astonishing 50% increase in plastic bag recycling alone. This saved half a billion pounds of plastic from going into a landfill. Not only are plenty of people returning their plastic bags for recycling, they are now using eco-friendly reusable tote bags for their groceries instead.

The next time someone in the house wants to throw away cardboard, old fabric or even silverware, see if it can’t be used creatively instead. A good rule of thumb: if it hasn’t been used in the last year, it is time to let it go.

Save Energy and Money with the Right Purchases, Products and Practices

Going green needn’t be expensive or a huge sacrifice. Many green products don’t just conserve energy but save money too. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the home. From a high-tech dishwasher with a soil sensor feature that knows when dirty dishes need extra hot water and when they don’t, to having reusable shopping bags on hand when it’s shopping day, the right home products and the right practices will not only make the planet a bit greener but will add a bit of green to the family budget too.
When it comes to saving energy, American homes get a mixed scorecard. According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), while appliances have become more efficient, saving significant amounts of energy, the increased number of electronics that are now used in homes has neutralized those savings. The EIA reports that 50 percent of American households have three or more televisions sets. Around 40 percent have more than one computer.

Among the worst household energy wasters are the rechargers that people tend to keep plugged in even when they’re not in use. With 44 percent of American households owning at least four devices that use rechargers, investing in a solar recharger is a greener option. Solar rechargers can be left on the dashboard of a car or a sunny windowsill when not in use. The devices use the power of the sun to recharge items like mobile devices and MP3 players.

There are a number of ways to reduce a home’s heating and cooling costs, from insulating the attic to weather sealing windows. One of the most affordable options is a programmable thermostat. These inexpensive devices can be programmed to turn off when the family is away and turn on in time to have the home cool or warm again when the family returns. Just making that one adjustment can save 10 percent on more on energy bills.

While it’s always advisable to purchase products with an Energy Star label when it comes to buying appliances, people needn’t spend one penny to begin making their homes more energy-efficient. Cooking a meal in a crock-pot takes less energy than cooking the same meal in the oven. Opening window coverings on south-facing windows during cold days allows sunlight to help warm the room. Cleaning refrigerator coils keeps the appliance running efficiently.

From replacing furnace filters every month during the winter to reduce heating costs to using power strips so that a number of electronics can be switched off all at once, even small changes in purchases and practices can add up to big savings, both for the pocketbook and the planet.