When we say recyclable packaging, what comes out of our mind? What are we thinking? Is it something better and new?

Sunwarrior, a plant-based supplement company based in Southern Nevada, is happy to announce that their new packaging is biodegradable and recyclable. Sunwarrior has always tried to use less waste and plastics than their competitors. They try not to use the bulky plastic canisters typical in health stores to contain protein powder, only using these when stores demand them. They have had success with bags that take up less room and contribute to less plastic in the landfills. Now they are going even greener.

Their new packaging will include biodegradable and recyclable cardboard along with a green bag that is 100% biodegradable. The design of these boxes will be easily recognizable by current customers while also distinguishing each product and each flavor from the others. A rich band of color at the top and across the lid lets anyone know the flavor at a glance while unflavored products get their own unique identifying color. The classic Sunwarrior blue, white, and gold of sunlight still dominate the front of each one, so no one will be too confused by the packaging shift.

“Our new designs and packaging are beautiful and simple,” said Nick Stern, co founder of Sunwarrior. “We are very glad to provide a cleaner, more eco-friendly option to our customers and the stores that carry our products. The new packaging combines everything Sunwarrior is and hopes to be with environmentally conscious principles mixed with ease of use and stunning design.”

 

This recyclable packaging product may change the whole packaging industry. New ways are vital because they present methods that are better than what was used years ago.

via Sunwarrior Moves toward More Biodegradable and Recyclable Packaging – WorldPressOnline (press release)

Today more than ever, saving money and living within your budget is on the top of everyone’s “must do” list. To stay on a budget many people use coupons, do their own home repairs, eliminate dining out and simply postpone purchasing new things. Even though they may shop at a dollar store or large discount house, they miss one of the best places to find bargains, the aristo shop. It only takes one visit to find just how remarkable the bargains are at these places.

If you’re a home project enthusiast, you’ll save many dollars by doing the work yourself. You might as well save on purchasing confectionery, too. Aristo shops are a great place to find printed paper bags. In most cases, you’ll find cartons, paper bags, pizza boxes, industrial packaging and Logo printing.

By bringing reusable grocery bags to supermarket checkout lanes shoppers say “No” to the checker’s question about whether they want paper or plastic bags. Yet other questions faced in the produce aisle may be harder to answer, such as ways to avoid plastic bags, how well biodegradable plastics decompose and whether to bite the budget and purchase reusable mesh bags. The ultimate question for many eco-minded shoppers may be what mesh bags to buy. Checkout the latest paper bags on ARISTO.

Plastic Waste Stream

In 2011, the United States Environmental Protection Agency published a report on the nation’s production, recycling and disposal of many kinds of solid waste from 1960 to 2010. While 390,000 tons of plastics were discarded in 1960 in what the EPA refers to as the “municipal waste stream,” that figure rose to 28,490,000 tons in 2010 despite recycling programs nationwide. Of that waste, plastic bags and wraps comprised 660,000 tons. An additional 30,000 tons of plastic bags and wraps were recycled in 2010 (See References 1). Unfortunately, not all plastic trash is contained. According to the National Park Service, the plastic waste stream too often leads to the ocean where plastics are the most common kind of debris. Concerning plastic bags, NPS notes that sea turtles mistake them for edible jellyfish and that one dead whale had more than 48 plastic bags in its stomach (See References 2).

Cost of Plastic versus Mesh Bags

Reviewing prices of online produce bag sales, a private consumer would pay about $.04 per bag if purchasing a quantity of about 2,000 thin-film plastic bags. However, supermarkets purchase in such volume that their cost is far less. According to an economic impact statement produced for Los Angeles County in 2010 and related to the county’s 2012 ban on retailer use of plastic bags in unincorporated parts of the county, LA retailers spend about .01 per bag for the sturdier carry-out bags used at check stands. (See References 3, page 18) In contrast to plastic produce bags, mesh bags that can be laundered and reused countless times cost significantly more per bag. Reviewing online prices shows costs of about $.75 to $5.00 per bag depending on the brand and type. (See Resources 3)

Biodegradable Plastic Bags

Consumers may wonder why more grocers don’t offer biodegradable plastic produce bags. However, according to the MIT Technology Review, the price per biodegradable bag — made from plant-starch plastics or combinations of starch and petroleum products — is about four times more than for a regular, plastic produce bag. (See References 4) The Californians Against Waste website states that bio plastics aren’t degradable in home compost heaps and can take a long, “unspecified” amount of time to compost in commercial or municipal recycling facilities. It also notes that widespread acceptance of biodegradable plastics has lagged, in part, because major recycling problems arise if biodegradables are accidentally mixed with recyclables made of the more common petroleum-based plastics (See References 5). The Eco RI News website reports that the complication of separating the plastics has been such a problem in Rhode Island that the state has banned recycling of bio plastics (See References 6).

Mesh and Cloth Alternatives

Green companies are marketing many kinds of mesh and cloth produce bags, including stretchy, European string bags, nearly-clear mesh bags made of recycled plastics and drawstring bags constructed of muslin or knotted cotton cord. The hand-making of mesh bags — historically known as “carrying nets” — is as old as the art of knotting. In California, the East Bay Primitive Ways organization teaches workshops on creating carrying nets similar to the ones used by prehistoric hunter-gatherers (See References 7). What’s old is new again and still practical.