Reusable Grocery Bags Made in the USA

by Derek VanDyke 30. June 2013 16:40

Everyone is aware of the benefits of using reusable grocery bags! The worldwide consumption of disposable plastic is increasing at an alarming rate and the impact of this habit will impact the overall health of our planet for generations. The next step in the reusable bag movement is to consider high quality bags made in the USA. There are many great options available. Do your part and join the reusable bag movement today, but consider bags made in the USA.

The team at Green Benefits offers a great selection of reusable bags and we offer many options manufactured in the USA. Reusable bags produced domestically make a great promotional give-away and show your commitment to sustainability.

Check out four of our most popular bags made in the USA!

 

  Made in the USA 100% Organic Milieu Tote (812)

Constructed in America using 9.2 oz certified organic cotton canvas and includes 18" durable self material handles. This organic bag includes a large 12" x 10" imprint with the option of including a full bleed imprint. You will love the quality of this organic tote bag.

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  Made in the USA Bio Jute Tote (870)

Bio Jute is an all natural material produced in the USA. This durable product will biodegrade in 48 days and has been used for centuries for its durable finish. The Bio Jute Tote comes in 7 great colors and includes a large 12" x 8" custom imprint area.

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  Made in the USA Recycled PET Vibrant Tote (1166)

You will love this full color recycled tote. The Vibrant Tote is manufactured in the USA from 51% recycled polyester. This material is soft and durable and will hold your full color image for years. This tote includes long 21" handles and allows you to imprint from the entire surface of the bag.

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  Made the USA Billboard Utility Tote (E1302)

This is truly an amazing tote. Constructed from 100% recycled banners and billboards and 100% recycled PETE webbing. You will not find a more sustainable tote in the marketplace.  Even better, we allow you to send in your used billboard material to upcycle the content for a fully custom tote that you will be proud to give-away.

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Learn more about our great selection of reusable bags. At Green Benefits we take great pride in offering the most innovative products and affordable prices. Contact us today for a free quote or request a sample.  Working together we can make a difference!

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One World One Ocean

by Derek VanDyke 9. October 2012 10:32

Check out this great infographic from One World One Ocean.  Please share this graphic and consider doing your part in helping preserve our oceans for future generations.  Consider using a high quality resuable water bottle or reusable shopping tote.  Together we can make a difference.

One World One Ocean is a great organization with the goal of inspiring people to protect our world oceans.  The ocean is our life support system.  They generate most of the oxygen we breath, regulates our climate and provides us with the food we eat.  Our oceans are in danger and need our help.  

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Plastic Bag Bans & Plastic Addiction

by Tylor J. 8. January 2012 13:41

Plastic bag bans aim to begin the process of stepping away from our reliance on plastic in its most popular form. Plastic is inescapable in our daily lives and many of us have grown so used to its many daily functions it may seem difficult to imagine doing away with it completely.

Because of their functional popularity, it is argued plastic bags have multiple, versus single-use, uses including: trash can liners, pet waste bags, lunch sacks, and many other household functions. However, they cannot be considered “single-use” as some advocates of plastic bag bans claim. The fact is the term “single-use” points to the lifecycle of plastic bags. A product’s lifecycle is determined by what it will become at the end of its current form’s functional life. For example, paper products are recycled back into a “pulp” form where it can be reused in a very wide variety of new post-consumer goods like paper, cardboard, insulation, even roofing. Most plastic bags, on the other hand, never make it to recycling centers because they ultimately, and unnecessarily, enter the waste stream, our environment, and our neighborhoods.

Plastic bag bans are a way to reduce plastic pollution by addressing the problem at the source. They cannot, by themselves, eliminate plastic and its potential for entering into our waste stream, but plastic bag bans can begin a mental shift away from using much of the plastic in our lives. Humans are naturally resistant to a change in habit or convenience, and plastic bag bans are simply taking the choice out of our daily equations. Granted, there are plenty of other plastic products available to consumers but plastic bags, as a form of plastic, are the greatest threat to our environment and one of the most common litter concerns in our culture. Plastic bag bans ultimately remove a major contributor in our waste stream and that fact is difficult to dismiss.

According to The Clean Air Council, Americans use over one billion disposable plastic bags a year, and add over 300,000 tons of plastic waste to landfills each year! Even further, the cost of recycling a single ton of plastic is approximately $4000 while a ton of recycled content may sell for $20-$50.

“The broker who purchases recycled plastic bags from the City of Palo Alto pays the City $20 per ton for them only if they are baled. Considering the process of trucking the plastic bags to and from the recycling center and the expenditure of labor to handle and bale the bags, the preferred alternative to recycling plastic bags is not to use them at all. . . . . . She strongly recommends reusable cloth bags instead.”

- (Source: Sierra Club, Kay Bushnell)

The ultimate take-away here is plastic bag bans are doing more than reducing future levels of plastic in our environment or neighborhoods, plastic bag bans are reducing the economic strain and imbalance that occurs with recycling. Not to mention the tons of plastic that does not, at the very least, make it to a recycling center. Seattle, Washington is the latest large city to create a citywide plastic bag ban and as with every other city, it has been met with some opposition but was largely well-accepted. The major concerns for opponents were their rights to “free” bags and the loss of plastic bags they use for so many daily tasks. The facts are the bags were never free and there are many other options to lining your trash cans, picking up after your pets, or carrying your lunches. Plastic bag bans are one of many municipal “green” actions meant to improve our standard of living by making us aware of habits we may not have considered otherwise.

In the end, plastic bag bans are being widely passed because many consumers, community leaders, and businesses understand the only way to a greener, healthier, and sustainable future is to change our wasteful habits and alter our lifestyles. Again, no habit is easy to break and many (myself included) do not enjoy interruptions in the routine of our lives. In some ways, removing the temptation altogether is so much easier a method for cessation.

So get out there, support the ban and pick up some reusable bags to keep in your pocket, on your bike, or even in your. . . .  car?. . . . . that is another subject.

 

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The FDA reverses their position on BPA

by John Hamlin 18. January 2010 13:05

The Food and Drug Administration has officially reversed its stand regarding BPA, the chemical found in plastic bottles and thousands of consumer goods.  This comes after their longstanding position maintaining that BPA is safe, backed by two major studies which were paid for by none other than the chemical industry itself. Further review of scientific evidence has (unsurprisingly) linked the chemical to a range of health problems and the FDA are now advising the public to take measurable steps to reduce their exposure.

However, despite the overwhelming evidence pointing to the dangers of BPA, regulators have not enforced regulations that ban the compound in manufacturing or require labeling of products containing BPA – apparently due to insufficient data to support a legal crackdown. 

Scary Statistic:  BPA is so prevalent that in fact over 90% of the US population has traces of it in their urine due to the leaching of BPA from containers into food and beverages.

While this a good first step that the FDA is finally recognizing the legitimate concern about BPA use, it may take some time before regulations are imposed to prevent its use and protect public health.  This adds another reason why it pays to be a wise and informed consumer and to opt for alternative products to plastic or ensure that your plastic is BPA-free.  Check out our Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottles.

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BPA – bisphenol A – Should you care?

by John Hamlin 14. January 2009 18:45

There has been an amazing amount of articles, studies, news, journal articles and a great deal of controversy around BPA.  Many companies, and groups are cautioning everyone to avoid products that could expose you to BPA.  With all the controversy and articles that state the dangers and many that with just the opposite opinion, what should you do?

My though process is simple.  If it is a non-natural chemical, and it has this much controversy . . . then I would recommend that it simply be avoided. 

Based on the Wikipedia BPA entry, it seems that it should be avoided, and you should care as the effects although not outwardly apparent in the short term would at most exposure levels have an effect on your health or the health of your family. 

For a great insight into this subject I recommend picking-up and reading the February 2009 issue of Fast Company magazine .  The article titled, “The Truth about BPA” raises very interesting questions about the chemicals we expose ourselves to everyday and the process or lack there of in determining the toxicity, safety and overall impact on ourselves and our environment.  Once the article is available online this article will be updated with a direct link.   (now available) 

Given the great controversy we at Green Benefits have chosen to offer a wide selection of steel, aluminum and plastic, ‘BPA free’ water bottles and drink wear.  

How to Identify plastic bottles:

Plastic Identification Code


Type of plastic polymer


Properties

Common Packaging Applications

Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE) Clarity, strength, toughness, barrier to gas and moisture. Soft drink, water and salad dressing bottles; peanut butter and jam jars
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Stiffness, strength, toughness, resistance to moisture, permeability to gas. Milk, juice and water bottles; trash and retail bags.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Versatility, clarity, ease of blending, strength, toughness. Juice bottles; cling films; PVC piping
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Ease of processing, strength, toughness, flexibility, ease of sealing, barrier to moisture. Frozen food bags; squeezable bottles, e.g. honey, mustard; cling films; flexible container lids.
Polypropylene (PP) Strength, toughness, resistance to heat, chemicals, grease and oil, versatile, barrier to moisture. Reusable microwaveable ware; kitchenware; yogurt containers; margarine tubs; microwaveable disposable take-away containers; disposable cups and plates.
Polystyrene (PS)
Versatility, clarity, easily formed Egg cartons; packing peanuts; disposable cups, plates, trays and cutlery; disposable take-away containers;
Other (often polycarbonate or ABS) Dependent on polymers or combination or polymers Beverage bottles; baby milk bottles; electronic casing.


by John Hamlin – January 14, 2009

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