Every business has the responsibility to reduce the amount of plastic circulated into the environment. Somewhere between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. This alarming number has prompted many Government bodies around the world to proactively ban the use of single use non-biodegradable bags. Countries such as Ireland and Italy alongside states such as California and South Australia are leading the way in addressing this topical issue.
We don’t deny that conventional plastic bags are convenient. They are lightweight, compact, cheap and tough, which has in part contributed to the mess that we have made for ourselves. For the environmentally conscious retailer, it can be a tough decision to determine which environmentally friendly alternative is best.