How Plastic Bans Pondered Across the Globe Could Be Good for Your Business

Artlab has long been an advocate of Recycle, Re-Use and RePurpose. As a distributor of Promotional Products we feel it is our duty to the planet to keep our customers informed. How can you find the advantage in plastic bans and promote your Business? Read below to find out how plastic bans pondered across the globe could be good for your business.

ArtLab T-Shirts, Banners, Signs Decals and Promo Products has been offering a reusable grocery tote FREE to our clients for many years now. These sturdy reusable totes can be used for toting groceries home when you refuse those plastic bags. We also encourage others, like ourselves, to take one to the beach and fill it with plastic trash on the way home. ArtLab posts messages on our social media discouraging releasing balloons into the atmosphere. They can drop into the ocean where sea turtles can mistake them for their favorite snack a jellyfish. Plastic bags in the ocean look like jellyfish too. Now products like the FinalStraw are coming out as a replacement to the billions of plastic straws discarded each year. Brand your company name on these types of products and show everyone that your business cares about the environment too. Call  ArtLab today for more information on environmentally friendly Promo Products. 321-984-8844 or request information via our website
Just last week, people were horrified when a pilot whale that had been discovered in a canal in Thailand spit out five plastic bags and later died, despite the work of a team of veterinarians. An official from the country’s Marine and Coastal Resources Department said later that 17 pounds’ worth of plastic waste were found in the stomach of the whale. In April, a sperm whale washed ashore in Spain with a gut full of more than 60 pounds of trash, including plastic bags and a plastic drum.Across the globe, advocates are working to keep such things from happening again, pushing bans of various single-use plastic items – bans that could potentially impact the promotional products industry by encouraging more businesses to invest in branded reusable plastic alternatives, such as tote bags. Europe, for example, has proposed a ban on the 10 items that make up 70% of all litter in European waters and beaches. Among the items on the list are plastic cutlery, straws, plates and drink stirrers. The draft rules require the approval of all EU member states and the European Parliament, a process that could take several years.

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Sea Turtles mistake plastic waste for a food source

In addition to banning plastic products, the EU legislation would make plastic producers bear the cost of waste management and cleanup efforts. Plus, the EU proposes that member states must collect 90% of single-use plastic bottles by 2025 for recycling. The rules could cost businesses more than $3.5 billion a year, the European Commission estimates. However, they could also save consumers $7.6 billion a year, create 30,000 jobs and avoid $25.6 billion in environmental cleanup costs, according to the estimates.

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One Use Plastic disposables pollute the oceans

Environmental groups called the draft legislation a “leap forward in tackling plastic pollution,” but plastic manufacturers said bans are not the solution, calling for more resources to be devoted to waste management instead.

Meanwhile, Chile is poised to become the first nation in the Americas to ban retail businesses from using plastic bags, in an effort to protect the country’s 4,000-mile coastline. Large retailers and supermarkets have six months to comply with the ban, with smaller businesses given two years to make the change.

“We’re convinced that our coast imposes an obligation to be leaders in cleaning up our oceans,” environment minister Marcela Cubillos told The New York Times. According to the ministry, Chileans use more than 3.4 million plastic bags a year, with the bulk ending up in landfills or the ocean. Elsewhere, the New York City Council is considering a ban on plastic straws at eateries across the five boroughs. It’s the latest of several measures meant to reduce plastic pollution in the Empire State. City Council is also considering a ban on sales of disposable plastic bottles at city parks, beaches and golf courses, while New York’s governor has proposed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

“It’s important for New Yorkers to understand that the plastic straw is not a necessity,” the straw bill’s lead sponsor, Councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr., told The New York Times. “It’s more of a luxury, and our luxury is causing great harm to other environments.”

More than 60 New York restaurants have already gone straw-free, according to The New York Times. If the ban passes, violators could face fines starting at $100.

Espinal said he believes the straw ban won’t be a burden for most New Yorkers, and will just require a “change of thinking.” He points to alternate products, including paper, bamboo and aluminum straws that could replace the harmful plastic versions. Indeed, many entrepreneurs are coming up with innovative solutions to make reusable straws more convenient: FinalStraw, for example, raised about $1.9 million on Kickstarter to manufacture collapsible metal straws stored in compact keychain carrying cases.

What can we do here in Florida? It starts with you and your business. Be aware of the decisions you make and how they affect the environment. You can offer reusable bags, if you own a restaurant consider banning plastic one use items such as cutlery and straws. Use bio-degradable paper to go boxes instead of styrofoam. Imagine your customers using re-usable promo products with your brand on them for these purposes! Good for you, good for the environment!

2018-06-11T12:51:38+00:00 June 11th, 2018|