Applications - Checkout & Shopping Bags

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 audience.

Reverte, 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.

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