It all started in 1960, when Swedish company Celloplast filed for a US patent for “tubing for packaging purposes”. Designed by a three employees, the idea was to create a tube of plastic that would be laid flat with the bottom sealed and the top left open to put in whatever needs to be packed. Gustaf Thulin Sten, one of the team members, had the idea to seal the bottom but punch out the other end to create handles. The rest is history.
It was obvious for businesses back then to use the plastic bag because they could carry more than the average paper bag and they could cut back on the cost. Although the first reason was also a benefit for consumers, time would only tell what serious repercussions plastic bags would bring to the environment.
But helping the environment should not stop in just joining the Bags Not movement. There are plenty of ways to be eco-friendly while saving a few bucks for yourself. Here are some of them:
1. B.Y.O.M. = Bring Your Own Mug.
2. Buying Bulk
3. Bake it in Metal
4. Go Naked
5. Reuse, Reuse, Reuse
For the past decade, there have been tons of research made about the effects plastic (and not just plastic bags) on the environment. And kiwis aren’t just the only ones fighting to change this practice. It’s been a year since the state of California banned single-use plastic bags, with critics and naysayers saying that using reusable bags would result to an epidemic of food-borne illnesses. The result was a 72 percent drop in plastic bag litter, and to quote the LA Times, “the world didn’t end”.