Saving our planet; one bag at a time

November 27, 2006

Happy customers thrill us

Filed under: Happy customers — Kaajal @ 6:19 pm

I really do mean every word! When I run out of these I will certainly order from you again

When you do a business where you don’t actually meet your customers, it’s so nice when you hear from them telling you they like how you work. Specially when they take the time to shoot and send you a picture too. Here’s a mail my daughter Kaajal got today.

“Working with Norquest was an absolute pleasure! Even though they are thousands of miles away from me, ordering from them was no trouble at all. They sent samples promptly, worked easily with my art files and produced an excellent product. My contact person, Ms Kaajal Badlani, is kind, friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this fine company.”

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November 21, 2006

Impulse buyers will not carry reusable bags. Really?

Filed under: Branding, Environment — Kaajal @ 5:34 pm

A nice big polyester shopping bag which folds into a tiny little pouch

What if they had a nice big polyester shopping bag which folds into a tiny little pouch, is waterproof, has a zip closure and can be reused thousands of times?

I suspect many people would make carrying such a bag a habit. It fits comfortably into a pocket or a handbag and leaves no argument in favour of plastic bags.

With more than 60% consumers having categorically stated that they are willing to pay for reusable bags, and Ireland having proved without a doubt that taxing plastic bags cuts down consumption 93% within a year, I’m amazed that governments still hesitate to tax plastic bags.

Many assumptions are made about how expensive reusable bags would be. Why not just check out our website and discover the facts? Reusable cloth bags are more affordable than most people realise.

November 20, 2006

This Christmas, use reusable gift bags instead of plastic or paper. Your friends will appreciate it

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 5:17 pm

Americans will generate an extra million tons of trash a week during the Christmas season

When all the gifts have been opened and the boxes and bows bagged, the last phase of Christmas begins — hauling away the trash.

It seems Americans will use $ 5 billion worth of gift wrapping at Christmas time.

That translates into an extra million tons of trash a week for this one season.

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November 18, 2006

Plastic bags are a gender bender

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 2:07 pm

Plastic bags are a gender blender

The culprit is an ingredient in plastic goods called phthalates says a story in The Guardian.

They seep into your food from plastic packaging and get into your bloodstream.

Result: ‘Women with higher levels of four different phthalates were more likely to have baby boys with a range of conditions, from smaller penises and undescended testicles to a shorter perineum, the distance between the genitals and the anus,’ said the report.

“Every aspect of male identity is altered when you see this in male animals,” the article quoted Fred vom Saal, professor of reproductive biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, as saying. Levels of aggression, parenting behaviour and even learning speeds were affected, he said.

The differences indicate a feminisation of the boys similar to that seen in animals exposed to the chemicals.

Ouch!

Switching to buying unpackaged food and carrying it home in our natural cotton bags seems like a smart thing to do, doesn’t it?

Reusable cloth bags are attractive and affordable. Much more affordable than most people know.

November 17, 2006

“Look at this Godawful mess “ Humorist Art Buchwald summed it up back in 1970!

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 1:32 pm

Reusable cloth bags are the solution. Tax plastic bags and the problem disappears.

What a guy. He saw the problem coming back in 1970. But so many governments haven’t seen it yet! Read what he said back then:

“And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.” -Art Buchwald, 1970

People who use plastic bags to take their shopping home never get to see how big the problem is. A couple of plastic bags appear so innocuous. But the staggering numbers we use have made it a problem of pressing concern.

Granted, there are many problems we have to address and this is just one of them.

The difference is this one has an easy solution. Reusable cloth bags are the solution. Tax plastic bags and the problem disappears.

Don’t believe me? Ask Ireland. They introduced a tax and plastic bag usage fell 90% in one year. And no, the Irish didn’t stop shopping. They just carried reusable bags when they went shopping.

November 16, 2006

Big businesses being myopic

Filed under: Branding, Environment — Kaajal @ 5:53 pm

Big businesses being myopic

You and I go through life without being able to get feedback on the stuff we do. But big companies regularly conduct research on what customers want. I wonder what kind of research they do because none of them seem to have caught on that consumers don’t want so much packaging and they don’t want plastic bags.

But UK’s minister for the local environment, Ben Bradshaw, while pushing supermarket chains to cut down packaging, also urges customers to help him make the point by stripping and leaving the surplus packaging at the checkout counters.

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November 14, 2006

Environmental strategy – good business or good sense?

Filed under: Branding, Environment — Kaajal @ 4:22 pm

I just read an excellent article titled “Environmental strategy – good business or good sense?” on a site called management-issues.com.

Few, if any, business people aspire to be unethical or non-environmental.

Few, if any, business people aspire to be unethical or non-environmental.

But few actually claim to operate ethically, apart from the values-based businesses such as Body Shop. For most, this has never been an explicit issue.

Those who have chosen to address it explicitly (and honestly) have, of course, reaped huge benefits, Body Shop and Patagonia being two shining examples.

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November 13, 2006

The Japanese rock! Bra-maker to turn Japanese women into bag ladies

Filed under: Branding, Environment — Kaajal @ 5:02 pm

The Japanese think up some of the most interesting things!

Environmentally concerned Japanese women will soon have an option to accepting plastic bags, their bras!

Environmentally concerned Japanese women will soon have an option to accepting plastic bags, their bras!

A Triumph employee displays a “No More Plastic Bags Bra” — a shopping bag made of a transformed bra — at the company’s showroom in Tokyo….

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November 10, 2006

Great service? Vijaya Bank deserves some credit

Filed under: Branding — Kaajal @ 2:11 pm

Great service? Vijaya Bank gets some of the credit
Many people write and tell us how much they appreciate the service we are able to offer. Our ability to do this comes from the high quality back-up we get from various institutions and people that enables us to keep our service standards high.

One of these is Vijaya Bank. We recently switched to them from ICICI Bank and have found these guys so much better that it is difficult to imagine that Vijaya Bank is a government owned bank and that ICICI is not….

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November 9, 2006

No fish by 2050, thanks to plastic waste

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 4:07 pm

This turtle will die from the plastic bags he's eaten.

Fish, prawns and crabs will disappear by 2050, scientists warn.

Marine species are disappearing at an accelerating rate, posing a serious threat to human health and wellbeing, a four-year study of the state of the world’s oceans has concluded.

A business-as-usual approach to the problem would increase health risks to humans, with more toxic algal blooms, fish kills and polluted water, and this would be especially bad for coastal economies.

Due to prevailing currents and wind, huge masses of waste dumped in the seas accumulate in the North Pacific gyre.

As most plastics tend to float and don’t biodegrade, much of this waste is plastic based and consists of everything from carrier bags and condoms to toothbrushes and discarded fishing nets.

Greenpeace has also published a report highlighting the fact that marine debris poses and environmental threat to oceans all over the world, from the Arctic to the tropics.

The waste poses a problem as sea life either becomes entangled in it or ingests it, mistaking it for prey, which can lead to choking, starvation or poisoning.

Even when they break down, the smaller pieces of plastic which remain then become a threat to smaller ocean animals.

Almost 300 species, including whales, sea birds, turtles, seals and fish, have been recorded as being killed by floating waste.

The bits of debris also provide ‘rafts’ carrying attached shellfish and other species thousands of miles from their native habitats, potentially creating all the same problems that the introduction of alien species on land.

“During the course of the Defending Our Oceans expedition, we have seen coastlines covered in rubbish, but out at sea the problem becomes even greater - with turtles, albatrosses and many other marine creatures becoming entangled in floating plastic or even choking on it,” warned Greenpeace International scientist, Adam Walters, onboard the Esperanza.

“The danger to marine life has been known for decades, but the scale of the problem has not been realised. With plastic consumption rapidly increasing globally, plastic has become ubiquitous in the ocean,” warned Greenpeace International scientist, Adam Walters.

Such a sad and stupid thing, because reusable cloth bags are a ready, elegant and affordable answer.

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