Plastic bags have become ubiquitous and gained popularity, useful for carrying groceries and other items from supermarkets, also known as a Single-Use Plastic Retail Bag.
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- Annually around one trillion Single-Use Plastic Retail Bags are manufactured and currently, modern plastic bags are increasingly recyclable. Several nations have prohibited the selling and the use of plastic bags to mitigate waste and plastic pollution.
- Earlier this month Walmart, Target, and CVS health declare a proposal to reshape plastic bags. The three companies put the efforts to redesign bags with Closed Loop Partners, an investment firm involved in waste and recycling sector. Kroger and Walgreens have also joined the bandwagon.
- The whooping “Beyond the Bag Initiative “campaign advocated by the companies instills $15 million worth investments with a cluster of collaborators encouraging businessmen and investors every year to promote new concepts to eliminate extensive usage of plastic bags.
- The stakeholders in the campaign highlighted the major deficiencies in the action plan. Project partners further confirmed that, “Present substitutes to the plastic retail bag still require industry-wide support or prevalent public use, and some still involve major environmental impacts”.
- For recycling bins initiatives, bags are rarely considered, since they usually create issues at the Recycling Industry during the processing stage. Single-use plastic bags have created fury about their potential to wind up in the atmosphere as trash, prompting various municipalities to prohibit their retail use. As per the report of the bag program, over 100 billion single-use plastic retail bags are used annually in the U.S. alone, and fewer than 10 percent only are recycled.
- Generally, big bag manufacturers have agreed to sign a binding contract to use higher proportions of recycled plastic in the coming years. California is the only state in US to enforce the use of recycled plastics throughout the territory.
- Closed Loop Partners mentioned in a statement to Resource Recycling that the project might pay attention to manufacturing of reusable bags along with additional material choice. Larger use of recycled plastics in some of these schemes is “one of the possible options which could be explored, among others,” the association added.
- Big retailer Kroger, in the news, linked their interest in bag substitutes with their in-progress efforts to shun single-use bags in all their stores.”We are urging other retailers to join us in this effort and say goodbye to the single-use plastic bag for good,” said Keith Dailey, vice president of corporate affairs for Kroger.
- Their advocacy group put out a statement defining the project as “encouraging,” but also calling on the businesses involved to respond more efficiently and to take more steps to tackle packaging waste.
The aim of extinguishing single-use bags requires collaborative efforts with the foresighted environmental perspective. The introduction of environmental advisory partners, Ocean Conservancy and Conservation International, for instance, may infuse critical thrust on such perspectives with a clear and well-defined vision.
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