Your shopping cart is full of groceries, and it's time to pay. However, the cashier does not put your stuff into plastic bags as they usually do. "I'm sorry, how should I carry this?" you ask. "We apologize for the inconvenience, but now we no longer use plastic bags. Please buy this reusable bag if you don't have one with you."
Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation while shopping at your nearby grocery store? Or are you a business owner who needs to explain the plastic bag ban to your customers repeatedly? Either way, let's review the current situation a little bit.
Many cities and countries around the world are banning plastic bags due to environmental concerns. Simultaneously, many companies even take the initiative to leave plastic-based materials behind after realizing the consequences. And afterall, the demand for eco-friendly packaging continues to rise anyway. Whatever the reason is, people are curbing down the use of plastic bags.
And rightly so. We cannot deny that plastic has brought many benefits to our lives, such as convenience, innovations, and affordability, among other things. However, we're a little bit too late to realize that its non-biodegradable nature can also cause problems if we just throw it away once we're done using it, as doing so will create piles of plastic waste which will not decay for millions of years.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), between 22% and 43% of plastic waste is disposed of in landfills globally, taking up valuable spaces and threatening our health and the environment. Furthermore, around 10-20 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year, endangering marine life and affecting global food security.
Knowing the threats, we can say that these recent moves by governments and companies make sense, right? So what happens then? Well, some businesses provide alternatives such as reusable tote bags or disposable paper bags for their customers. Now, if you're a business owner, these two are currently the best options for you, but they still have their pros-and-cons.
For example, reusable bags are already familiar to consumers. People who adopted a zero-waste lifestyle have been bringing some kind of reusable bag for years, even before plastic bags vanish from the stores. So, introducing and embracing this new habit shouldn't be a big deal--well, theoretically.
The problem is reusable bags are relatively more costly, and you can't expect everyone to have it all the time. Not to mention, some people who already have one might simply forget to bring it when they go shopping as they're used to using plastic bags. Old habits die hard, you could say. You can't simply change one's behavior overnight.
On the other hand, paper bags are much cheaper. And providing them also shows your thoughtfulness for your customers--those who're still getting used to the no-plastic transition or the unlucky fellas who forget to bring their goody bags. And you don't have to worry about how they would dispose of it as paper is biodegradable and disintegrates in a matter of days.
The cons? Well, if we're to be nitpicky, one possible problem is that paper bags are relatively more fragile compared to the other alternative. But even if you're concerned about that, don't fret, we're here to help. Our Enza HS Brown paper bags are available in various thickness options, from 35, 40, 50, 60, to 70 gsm. So, you can adjust them based on your types of products. If you choose the right one, you don't have to worry as they will not break that easily.
And besides the strength, you can safely use it for food products as it is OBA-free and FDA approved. Be it freshly baked bagels or raw vegetables, Enza got you covered. Whatever your products are, our paper bags would be the perfect match for you. Simply check out our product page to learn more about them. And feel free to let us know your thoughts on this topic by dropping by our media channels on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.