Eco Innovator March 2012


Earth Bags Beat Plastic Bags

Earth Bags Australia, which in August last year launched it reusable, 100 per cent natural, biodegradable bag, has supported the move by the City of Fremantle to outlaw single-use plastic shopping bags.

Fremantle mayor Dr Brad Pettitt said the move is in response to community lobbying and opinion, and will see a local law put in place to eradicate all non-biodegradable, light weight plastic bags.

Earth Bags Australia non-executive director, Terry Howson, said "There is a greater level of awareness that plastic bags contribute to land-fill and pollution on a global level, with many having heard of the ‘plastic vortex' in the Northern Pacific where much of the non-biodegradable rubbish from everyday living ends up.

"Australians currently use billions of plastic bags annually – the majority of which end up in landfill, or worst still, our direct environment. We're certainly seeing a rise in the use of reusable polypropylene ‘green' bags, but the majority of these contain lead, take years to break down and are harmful to the environment when eventually disposed of.

Mr Howson said the Earth Bag is an environmentally-friendly alternative to some polypropylene bag as it is sustainable and free from chemical toxins. Developed in WA, it is made entirely from paper sourced from sustainable forests, recycled water and a natural beeswax coating that solidifies the paper into the long-lasting Earth Bag.

Supported by two research studies by Murdoch University, Earth Bags produce around 20 per cent less carbon emissions during manufacture and disposal than polypropylene bags, and are proven to become compost 45 days after disposal without any negative impact to the environment.

"The Earth Bag is the latest innovation in environmentally friendly carry bags. It is a long-lasting, water resistant, stylish carry bag which can be repeatedly and ethically used and disposed of," said Mr Howson.

Earth Bags Australia aims to produce socially and responsible products and to set an example of environmental leadership.





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