Environmental Impact of Grocery Bags

Four out of five grocery bags used in the US are made from plastic. This amounts to over 100 billion bags per year. To make these bags requires more than 12 million barrels of oil, enough to fill up 34 million gas tanks! Each year over 4 billion discarded plastic shopping bags end up as litter in the environment, enough to circle the world 63 times if tied end-to-end. Over 1 billion birds and mammals are killed each year by ingesting these bags. Although plastic bags can be recycled and reused, studies show that only 1-3% of plastic bags are actually recycled.

Before ECOgrade, the only viable “environmental” solution for plastic bags was to ban them or promote recycling of them.

  • If littered, ECOgrade bags degrade to a non-toxic residue after 240 days or less of exposure to sunlight. This residue can subsequently biodegrade.
  • ECOgrade bags release 34% less greenhouse gasses than plastic bags in pre-production.
  • ECOgrade bags use 4 times less energy and 6 times less water to manufacture than paper bags.

ECOgrade bags complement retailers’ initiatives to be responsible corporate citizens, with no additional costs.

Consumers and business purchase decisions are increasingly influenced by environmental impact of companies with which they do business. Isn’t it time that your stores do their part?