Plastic bags have become a convenient part of our modern lives, however this convenience carries with it a very high cost to the environment and human health. Because there are so many negative impacts from the use of plastic bags, many countries around the world are putting plastic bag bans in place. Below are 5 good reasons why your company should ban the use of plastic bags.
1 Its not a good look for your brand
These days, people are very conscious about the environment and you risk appearing socially and environmentally irresponsible. But don’t worry, there are more eco-friendly alternatives for businesses wanting to woo sustainability-minded customers. Packaging is one of the first things that customers see and it can profoundly influence their buying choices.
2 Taxes, fees and bans on single use plastic bags
Those cheap plastic bags are about to get expensive. Aside from the devastating cost to our environment, governments around the world are imposing minimum cost prices, taxes, fees and total bans on organisations that continue to use single-use plastic bags. However the good news is, by switching to stronger, multi-use eco-friendly bags. businesses stand to benefit from substantial tax savings as well as reducing your marketing spend.
3 It's your corporate responsibility
Corporations have a responsibility to both the society at large, their employees and key stakeholders to show that they care about the environment and sustainability of it for future generations. It is crucial in today's business environment which is heavily influenced and impacted by social media to have a responsible approach to ecological sustainability, recognise the environmental challenges that we face and commit to doing the right thing to save our land and oceans from the negative impacts they currently face.
4 Killing our oceans, marine life and animals
Single use plastic bags not only destroy our environment and harm our wildlife, they also require non-renewable resources to manufacture them and create even more pollution from the process itself. In the marine environment, tens of thousands of sea life including birds, seals, whales and turtles are killed each year from plastic bag litter and it is estimated that 90% of seabirds are ingesting plastic, causing blockages in the gut and perforation of the intestines.
5 What goes in our oceans goes in us!
Need we say more? We are eating our own garbage! The entire food web is contaminated by the trash and garbage that we put into the ocean. Plastic in our oceans can take up to 1000 years to break down and carries pollutants such as DDT, PCBs, mercury and other toxins, which have adverse effects on our health as it travels up the food chain. By contaminating the ocean, we are consequently contaminating ourselves.
So what do you use instead?
Re-usable Bags are the answer! After all the rhetoric and research, government bodies and environmental groups suggest that the most sustainable option to plastic bags is to diligently re-use re-usable bags.
Benefits for your business by going plastic free
- Creates opportunities to make additional revenue by selling branded re-usable bags
- Your brand is out there longer
- Customers will see your company as forward-thinking, responsible and progressive
- You will join a global movement towards a more responsible way of doing business
- Less long term costs to your business, to the environment and human health
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