For brands looking for a more eco-friendly alternative to the standard poly bag, our 100% recycled flap & seals are an ideal option. They are 100% recycled, thin film recyclable, and manufactured in the USA. These features are a big step in the right direction toward our ultimate vision of circularity, in which all packaging is made from packaging. Learn more about why recycled content matters.
Our comprehensive guide to poly bag alternatives provides a detailed overview of the different options to consider, with tips on how to find the right approach for your unique business and operational requirement. Our alternatives include paper options, including Glassine Bags and Kraft Bag & Seals, andr oll wrap options, such as hemp twine or EcoBands, or Belly Bands to secure rolled-up apparel. When shipped from a factory to the distribution center, these are typically master-cased in a protective way.
Note that there are also several emerging bioplastic options on the market. Most bioplastic-based bags are either compostable in an industrial facility or must be landfilled if they are not certified. There are also degradable plastic alternatives. Both of these should - at this time - be avoided.
Traditional Compostable Bioplastic: This bioplastic uses all virgin materials often produced through intensive, polluting agriculture. They aren’t recyclable but are usually recycled, potentially contaminating the recycling stream. They do not biodegrade in the ocean, so they do not help the marine plastic pollution crisis. They do not biodegrade in landfill and behave as any traditional plastic would in that environment. And, when they end up composted, they are not necessarily positive additions to a compost heap. A rich, healthy compost heap is made with ample decomposing plants and food. A small amount of bioplastic is acceptable, but too much volume leads to lower quality and less healthy compost, which is worse for the environment and harder for these facilities to sell.
Degradable Plastic: This mateiral is an ecological hazard. Some degradable plastic is designed to break down rapidly into microplastics in an open environment. Other degradable plastic is designed to break down in a landfill, which causes methane production, one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. It is important to remember that when things end up in the landfill, the optimal situation is that this garbage remains stable and does not break down.
It is important to note that a developing set of bioplastic options are emerging that are recyclable with traditional plastic. Additionally, research and development are being conducted to develop bioplastic bags that dissolve in water. These are exciting progressions in the development of bioplastic technology and should be evaluated and compared to recycled plastic clear bags when they become more readily available.