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by:Xilong      2019-10-06
Walter Deubner runs a small grocery store in St.
Paul of Minnesota, 1912.
He noticed that his customers had a limited number of purchases because they were unable to ship the goods home.
It makes him think: if he can come up with a solution, he can get more business.
Despite having paper bags since 1852, deubner invented the first paper shopping bag with a handle that year.
His pre-made bag, which is reinforced with a rope through it, allows customers to carry up to 75 pounds of the merchandise.
He called it the Deubner shopping bag and sold it for 5 cents.
By the time of 1915, he had already obtained a patent for it, and soon sold millions of patents, especially with the rise of self-protection.
Grocery store service.
The same is true of modern shopping bags. Mr.
Deubner apparently still works at a grocery store in St.
According to his Facebook page, Paul.
Paper, plastic or other metaphor?
Do you remember to take the groceries home in paper bags?
Are you using reusable packages these days?
We will cover all three types that focus mainly on plastic bags and all the pros and cons;
But first of all, I want to focus on shopping bags from different angles and it has a lot to do with the environmental impact.
In the course of development in 100 alone, modern shopping has become a metaphor for global environmental problems.
I hope you will notice this throughout the discussion.
See the information presented, how important the focus of shopping bags is to the major issues of global sustainability.
Plastic shopping bags modern plastic shopping bags were patented in 1965 and introduced to the United States. S.
Supermarket in 1977.
Some retailers, including JC Penney and Sears, have been using plastic since the medium term70âx80x99s;
But when grocery giants Kroger and sifway started using the bags in their early 80 s, they became popular.
Since then, they have occupied more than 80% of the grocery and convenience store markets.
Plastic shopping bags are inevitable for several reasons.
They are cheap and cost a penny to produce.
Paper bags are 4 cents.
The weight is no more than 5g but can carry 17 pounds.
They are small in size and need about a tenth of space paper.
They produce better environmental energy 80% less than paper, 70% less solid waste, 94% less atmospheric emissions and less water-based waste.
They are completely recyclable.
The impact of plastic bags on the environment, but before we use these favorable statistics, let\'s take a look at the trade-offs.
It is estimated that there are as many as 1 trillion plastic shopping bags used worldwide each year. The U. S.
The International Trade Commission reports the number of bags used by the United States every yearS.
About 102 billion.
There is no doubt that this level of consumption has had a huge impact on the environment.
Consider these facts: It takes about 12 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bags used in the United StatesS. annually.
About 25% of bags in the West are made in Asia and more fuel is needed for transportation.
Solid waste from plastic is four times that of paper bags.
They use less solid waste for production, but because the scale of consumption is enough to fill the Empire State Building, more waste is generated every year.
The average household uses nearly 1,500 plastic bags a year, less than 1% of which are recycled.
Plastic bags kill marine life by choking or ingestion, both of which can lead to hunger.
In addition, they are wound around the ship\'s propeller and sucked into the ship\'s engine;
They make up 9% of the debris found along the United States. S. coasts.
They don\'t degrade the well, so let\'s talk about that.
The composition and degradation rate of plastic bags are from high
Density polyethylene resin.
You can identify the code for it: high density polyethylene.
Ethylene in this compound is a derivative of natural gas and oil.
This resin is usually the original material, but there are also recycled resin, which is cheaper to use and more beneficial to the environment.
The real problem with plastic bags is the degradation factor.
Despite the fuss about the use of the word biodegradable, the evidence suggests that plastic bags account for 450-
Completely degraded for 1,000 years.
Plastic bags will be divided into smaller and smaller parts;
After a while, the debris began to penetrate toxic chemicals into the soil and water bodies.
To make matters worse, these chemicals enter the food chain.
The best particles will affect the filter at the lowest level in the food chain and are now passed on to humans through fish and marine life.
Manufacturers have begun to introduce real biodegradable plastics made from corn starch, soybeans and other plants --
And degradation plastics with chemical additives that accelerate degradation.
But a problem was found here.
Biodegradable bags and even paper bags break down in landfill, which are usually lined with clay and plastic and sealed by water, light, oxygen and other factors that help to break down.
All of this is to prevent the material from entering the environment.
So, on the face of it, it\'s a problem that has nowhere to go, or just covers it up until the municipalities and the government step up recycling measures and other actions to offset the need for plastic bags.
There is some good news about the recycling and emission reduction wars.
First, all types of plastic shopping bags can be recycled.
Second, more than 90% of Americans actually reuse their plastic bags.
Third, steady growth in recycling.
Fourth, the demand for plastic materials is very high.
Recycled plastic bags are worth about $400 per ton, so increasing recycling is a huge opportunity for retailers and municipalities.
Most of the energy used to make plastic bags is kept in the bag (
The reason why a bag of thousands of years can degrade);
However, when the bag is recycled, the new product can get energy.
Recycled bags are used to make a range of products: shopping carts, pallets, laundry baskets, speed bumps, car bumpers, crates, pipes, fences, door and window frames, styling, lawn and garden products, deck wood, new shopping bags, of course.
More people are needed to recycle more products more often.
Today, there are nearly 12,000 locations across the United States. S.
Consumers can recycle plastic bags and products, including Wal-Mart, Target and low e. s (
Look at the front store). (
Most roadside restaurants do not accept bags due to light weight, which makes them easily stuck by the machine. )
After the actual recycling of more than 1,800 enterprises
Interestingly, consumer plastics and most of them are food retailers.
Travel style: the demand for plastic shopping bags by luggage legislation is increasingly becoming a hot spot-
Button themes around the world.
It is a matter of concern that how these issues are dealt with is primarily concerned with whether or not they are taxed or prohibited.
South Africa took the lead in launching a ban in Africa
Tax on thin plastic and thick plastic;
Other countries followed suit.
China began charging plastic bags in 2008.
Thirty minus.
Most notably, Ireland taxed these bags in 2002, reducing its use by 95% (
Despite the use of garbage bags, the sales of garbage bags have risen by 400%! )In the U. S.
There are fires everywhere.
California passed the plastic bag recycling Act of 2006 to deal with the problem of using about 19 billion bags each time.
To make sure the bags are finally buried, the state government alone spent $25 million.
2006 The law requires supermarkets and large pharmacies to establish a plastic bag recycling plan and to provide reusable plastic bags. San Francisco (\'07)and Seattle (\'11)
So far, however, only the United StatesS.
Cities where plastic bags are prohibited.
The city hopes to strengthen legislation on bags;
Sunnyvale and Monterey will soon ban supermarkets and retailers from using plastic and tax paper bags up to 25 cents.
Elsewhere, the story is a slap in the face of an edge victory or legislation-downs.
Westport in Connecticut banned plastic from grocery stores, while Edmund in Washington banned plastic from retail stores.
The off-Bank area of North Carolina prohibits all retailers from buying all plastic products.
Virginia lawmakers have refused to tax plastics, while the District of Columbia has retained five
In January 2010, the plastic bag began to be divided.
Although the public is dissatisfied, but consumption fell from 22.
5 million to 3 million packs in the first month.
Is the paper better?
The answer is No \".
According to statistics, the impact of paper on the environment is more serious than plastic.
Let\'s take a look at some facts.
Americans spend about 10 billion paper bags a year and need 14 million trees. (
Wait a minute: trees are the main absorber of greenhouse gases, but the production of paper bags will produce these greenhouse gases. )
Believe it or not, this is a more sustainable solution than the large amount of fossil fuels and raw materials used to produce plastic bags.
Paper production produces 70% more air pollutants than plastic, which leads to heavy rain and water pollution, as well as an incredible stench.
More than 50% of water pollutants are produced on paper.
3. paper bags need 20 times as much water to make plastic bags.
Paper bags are a waste: seven trucks are needed for each delivery of paper bags, and only one for the same quantity of plastic bags.
I used to be one of many people who thought paper was a better choice. . .
It will degrade, right?
Well, we \'ve seen that they don\'t because of the guidelines for landfill sites.
In addition, paper is the main material we throw away: 100 pounds of every 35 pounds of the garbage we make is paper.
Unlike plastic, paper shopping bags cannot be recycled indefinitely.
About 4-paper bags can be recycled
6 times before the original pulp is required to be added to the process (
Strength and quality of new pulp to maintain fibers).
In addition, paper recycling takes about 100% of energy than plastic recycling.
Therefore, in the case of less than 20% of the recycled paper shopping bags, paper bags are money, and environmental giants have also closed down.
For paper bags, not much can be said.
The simple truth is that paper bags and plastic bags are environmental friendly. cousins.
Reusable bags: a worthwhile choice?
Reusable bags, or bags for life, are caused by shocking environmental problems caused by paper and plastic shopping bags.
This can also be seen as a return to the days when there were even paper bags before, when shoppers carried goods with their own bags.
Reusable bags, while creating unique bags, to some extent avoid many problems with paper and plastic.
Reusable bags do require more energy than any piece of paper (
Equivalent: 8 bags)or plastic (28 bags);
But it does have a fairly long life span, although this has been measured.
A problem with this bag is similar to paper and plastic.
Once the bag is out of use, it will only break down in a large compost facility as it will not break down in a landfill;
Because less than 100 of these facilities exist in the United States. S. âx80x94guess what?
Most of them go to the landfill.
Some people believe that recycling plastic bags is a better option to use reusable plastic bags for this reason.
Affecting the speed at which reusable materials reach landfill sites is another factor: materials.
If the bag is of low quality material, it will not last for a long time and will destroy the purpose of the purchase (for life).
Therefore, consumers should be aware of the three main sustainable options in one bag.
The first one is Pete. or 1 plastic).
This is a thumb.
Since about 31% of plastic bottles in the United States have entered the recycling industry,S.
It was made by Pete.
These bags are generally durable. lasting.
The second is organic or better recycled cotton.
Consumers avoid the discovery of dyes, pesticides and herbicides in traditional cotton.
Every year, recycled cotton can avoid a large amount of textile waste entering the landfill.
The last option is a bag made of marijuana, often referred to as \"super fiber \".
Anything made with marijuana will usually be several years more than a competitor.
In addition, these products maintain their shape and are resistant to mold and UV rays.
The apparel industry has also promoted reusable shopping bags to sustainable fashion.
A serious problem with reusable bags for food safety issues is food safety issues.
Most people do not wash bags after transporting the goods, and repeated contact with meat and vegetables increases the risk of food poisoning.
Studies have shown that reusable bags contain high levels of mold and bacteria as well as coliform bacteria and E. coli. coli.
The researchers recommend that consumers do not store food in reusable bags, put it in boxes with higher temperatures, promote bacterial growth, and wash or bleach bags during use.
They also warned against using these bags for other purposes, such as carrying books or sportswear.
The result is. . .
So again I ask: paper, plastic or something?
It is easy, almost unconscious, to take a bag from a store;
However, we have never considered what will happen in the rest of that bag, which is truly forever.
Obviously, a better option is a reusable bag, but its success depends on the consumer\'s decision.
Plastic and paper bags are well reliant on greatly improved recycling work and actions to reduce demand.
What do you do?
What is your position on this issue?
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