"Over the past year the Green Bag has been responsible for supplying over 200 000 bags to our 450 offices throughout Australia on a regular basis. When researching potential companies to use I found Green Bag's products to be one of the highest quality on the market and the bags were compe...
Emily Hill, Marketing Executive, Raine & Horne Pty Limited
"Buying and using reusable bags won’t set you back a lot of cash...It’s probably one of the easiest ways to significantly reduce your carbon footprint over time."
However we here at the Green Bag Co. know it can be done. All it takes is a little innovation and “out of the bag” thinking. To encourage greater use and acceptance of reusable bags, we designed our reusable bags back in 2001 to be just that – a better alternative to existing reusable bags such as canvas. Our bag styles (especially our Original Green Bag – shopping bag), combined with legislative efforts around the country to reduce or ban plastic bags, have evolved into widespread use and consumer acceptance of our Green Bags.
Since our inception, at the Green Bag Co. we have created and sold millions of reusable bags. This translates to hundreds of millions of plastic and paper bags NEVER produced or consumed.
According to the Sierra Club, a reusable bag need only be used 11 times to have a lower environmental impact than using 11 disposable plastic bags. (1)
The lifespan of a Green Bag is approximately 4 years. If your family purchases just 4 Green Bag Shopping Bags, and bring them to the store regularly, you will save between 3,328 and 4,160 bags over the bags 4-year lifespan! Your Green Bags can also be recycled. Please visit our FAQ for more information.
Most retailers also offer a discount when you bring your bag back to the store, usually $0.05 cents, so your Green Bag will pay for itself in only 20 trips to the store.
So the next time your checkout clerk asks, “Paper or Plastic?”, Say: “Neither, I brought my Green Bag!”
Canvas bags have been available for decades but have not really caught on as reusable bags. Why? They tend to have a long shelf-life due to their high price point. You might purchase one bag for $2.99 - $7.99, but purchasing enough for a family can add up quickly.
Also, research shows that producing canvas bags requires more raw material (2), more energy (3), and creates more global warming gases (4) than a NWPP Green Bag. The Australian government report from where the research was drawn also noted that “Around 10% of the world’s pesticides and 25% of the worlds insecticides are used to grow cotton.”(5) Potentially unfavorable labor conditions used to grow cotton and the difficulty of recycling cotton were other factors that were considered. (6)
(2), (3), (4), (5), (6) Environment Australia: Plastic Shopping Bags – Analysis of Levies and Environmental Impacts, Final Report (downloadable file)