Applications - Checkout &
Many studies have shown that
the use of the checkout bag has an excellent
carbon footprint when compared to many possible
alternatives including paper sacks. The use of a
high ratio of recycled material and CaCO3
make these bags less of an environmental burden
than many people would have us believe!
Using a checkout bag offers
the consumer a convenient way of carrying their
goods from the shop, and a bag which can be used
for a second time, either to collate trash or
recyclate. It has been shown in a number of
studies that banning checkout bags sends the
sales of bin liners and trash bags through the
roof, hardly a reduction in the use of plastics
that such a ban is intended to achieve!
Continuing to use checkout
bags also gives the retailer the opportunity to
have less primary packaging on their goods and
to advertise their shop and/or goods to a wider
when incorporated into the checkout bag at the
point of manufacture, ensures that if the bag at
the end of its useful life is irresponsibly
discarded, it will not pose a long term
environmental problem or hazard.
The formulation is devised
to allow sufficient time for the bag to become
part of a collection scheme and recycled into
another application such as artificial timber
planks, or for it to carry out a second task,
such as waste bag, then rapidly degrade.
Once the initial stage of
degradation has occurred the bag will have micro
fragmented, transformed from long polymer chains
to much smaller biodigestible materials. In a
viable bacterial environment these small
molecular species will be consumed, converting
into CO2, H2O and biomass.