Saving our planet; one bag at a time

October 27, 2008

British villages show the way

Filed under: Environment, Happy customers — Tags: , , , — Kaajal @ 4:35 pm

Our “use and throw away” culture needs to change for real change to happen. What’s heartening is the kind of effort people are making.

Hopefully, plastic bags will soon be a thing of the past in a pair of Saddleworth villages.

Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents’ Association (GGRA) has persuaded local shopkeepers to ban free plastic carrier bags with the launch of a groundbreaking green-bag project.

Using funding from the National Lottery and Saddleworth and Lees Community Council, the group has produced 6,000 re-usable cotton bags which will now be sold in shops, schools and churches.

It is hoped the move will engage the 3,000 households in the area into changing from a ‘throwaway’ culture to one that is more aware of the harm plastic bags have on the environment and wildlife.

The money made from bag sales will feed back into the project to produce more bags and hopefully make the project fully sustainable.

If successful, Greenfield and Grasscroft will be the North West’s first plastic-bag-free community, and could inspire others to do the same.

GGRA has taken its lead from Modbury in Devon – Britain’s first plastic bag free town – which banned shopkeepers and traders from giving customers plastic bags.

The ‘Green Grass Bags’ feature artwork by children from primary schools at St Mary’s Greenfield, Greenfield School, Friezland and St Anne’s Lydgate.

On Friday, more than 100 residents packed Friezland Parish Hall to mark the launch.

MP Phil Woolas and Chris Davies MEP, both avid supporters of the project, both praised GGRA, saying campaigns such as the ‘Green Grass Bag’ could eliminate the menace of plastic pollution in coming decades.

There was also a presentation by 10 ‘eco reps’ from the four local primary schools involved in the scheme.

Secretary of GGRA, Mike Rooke, said it was hoped the project would serve as a pilot scheme for the rest of Oldham.

“Experience tells us that oaks grow out of acorns, and it’s best to start with a local project,” he said. “Our villages can help lead the way. We’re trail-blazing for an all-out borough attack on disposable plastic bags.”

October 25, 2008

Americans are thinking greener

I just read about a national survey commissioned by a leading American retail chain Plow & Hearth where they found that half of Americans plan to purchase an environmentally friendly gift this holiday season.

Even more heartening, 66% of them are willing to spend between 10 and 25% more on green gifts.

Women (55%) are more apt than men (45%) to purchase green products. Middle-aged (56%) and younger (54%) Americans are more likely than their older (40%) counterparts to purchase eco-friendly gifts. Those in the West (57%) are more likely than Americans in the South (51%), Northeast (49%) and the Midwest (42%) to buy green gifts.

How accurate is this finding? Pretty accurate it seems. A nationally representative sample of 1,001 Americans was interviewed by telephone via Ipsos’ U.S. Telephone Express omnibus. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate within ± 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire population of adults in the U.S. been polled.

Great news indeed. Indicating clearly that environmentally friendly behaviour is appreciated and respected by a very large number of American consumers.

Makes sense to consider reusable fabric promotion bags for your next branding or promotional activity. They are amazingly affordable (see and discover how affordable) and very attractive, and even more important, greatly appreciated by your consumers.

October 24, 2008

Promotional bags easily score over all other promotional devices

Filed under: Branding, Environment — Tags: , , , — Kaajal @ 2:49 pm
You can’t find a more intelligent promotional device than a reusable cloth promotional bag.

To start with Barrack Obama earns a lot of subliminal brownie points every time somebody sees his candidature being promoted on an eco-friendly reusable promotional bag. The message is: This candidate values the environment and is promoting himself tastefully.

Whether you’re promoting a Presidential candidate or a product or a service, you can’t find a more intelligent promotional device than a reusable cloth promotional bag.

It lasts and lasts and is reused hundreds of times and continues to act as a walking billboard for you every time it is reused. People use it to carry their shopping in and when they do hundreds of other shoppers and passers-by see them carrying it. Each one of them gets the message, that the candidate or the product or the service being promoted has good sense and good taste and is a caring member of the community.

What better message could you give out?

You’ll be happy to hear that these attractive bags cost less than you might think. Make a quick visit to to find out how affordable they are.

You’ll also be pleased to find that we don’t insist on any minimums and will customise and ship even 20 bags if you want.

October 22, 2008

Plastic bags continue to threaten marine life

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 3:14 pm

Plastic bags continue to threaten marine life

Despite rapidly growing awareness of the harm they do, plastic bags continue to wreak havoc on marine life as you will see in the following article by David Derbyshire from The Daily Mail in the UK.

From the number of large chains (Examples: Wal Mart, Ikea, Tescos) switching to ecologically friendlier options, one would have hoped for a reduction to the impact, but it looks like a lot more people will have to transition to environmentally better options. A study by the The Marine Conservation Society indicates the problem is getting worse and will require fairly rapid action.

Sad, when ecologically better alternatives are so affordable and offer so many benefits to the mail culprits – retailers.

Many retailers are beginning to realise that putting their logos on environmentally friendly reusable cotton or jute bags yields huge image benefits and quantifiably increased custom.

Perhaps they haven’t caught on to how easy and affordable it is to make the switch. If you know any retailers using plastic bags, do us and them a favour and refer them to us. We’ll help them see how much it benefits them to make the transition.

The plastic waste that has British seas on the brink of ecological disaster

By David Derbyshire

Plastic waste, toxic pollution and overfishing are tipping Britain’s seas towards ‘ecological disaster’, a hard-hitting report warns.

The Marine Conservation Society says that without urgent action, a growing number of fish, mammals and birds will be driven to extinction over the next few decades.

The society wants a drastic cut in the use of plastic packaging to protect wildlife and an end to ‘damaging’ fishing practices that lead to hundreds of thousands of tons being thrown back into the sea each year.

Banish bags: The Marine Conservation Society wants a drastic cut to the use of plastic packaging

The 60-page report follows The Mail’s campaign to reduce the amount of plastic bags littering the seas.

Dr Simon Brockington, author of the report, said the threats posed by litter, overfishing and the lack of habitat protection were ‘very real’.

‘Too many fish are taken from the sea, too much rubbish is thrown into the sea and too little is done to protect precious marine life and habitats. We have to act now,’ he said.

According to the Silent Seas report, plastic litter has become a major pollutant and can cause a ‘catastrophe’ when it is swallowed by turtles or whales, or when it ensnares marine life.

Plastic beach litter has increased by 126 per cent since the first annual MCS Beachwatch campaign in 1994, while more than 90 per cent of gannet nests on Grassholm Island in the Bristol Channel contain plastic litter, the report said.

Plastics are also poisoning the seas. Bags and plastic litter break down into smaller and smaller fragments in the oceans which can absorb toxic chemicals from sea water - leading to high concentrations in plastic particles which are then ingested by creatures and enter the food chain.

This plastic ‘dust’ is now found on almost every beach in the world. Even beaches that appear clean can have up to 5,000 fibres of plastic in a litre of sand, the report said.

Oceans are increasingly under threat from toxic chemicals, sewage discharges into the sea, oil, radioactive waste and urban and agricultural run-off, it adds.

Around a third of estuaries and 15 per cent of coastal waters are at risk from pollution by nutrients, pesticides, organic pollutants and heavy metals, the report said.

It also highlighted the threat from overfishing and damaging fishing practices.

Unpublished figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show that only eight of the 47 fish stock zones around the British Isles are in a healthy state.

A century ago, large fish such as the common skate, angel sharks, Atlantic halibut and cod bigger than three feet long were often seen in the North Sea. Now many are critically endangered.

The Marine Conservation Society called for the Government to include a Marine Bill in the Queen’s Speech and for a new body to devise a marine litter strategy. It also wants improved water treatment facilities and more sustainable fishing.

The report is backed by the Prince of Wales, the society’s president.

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