PLASTIC FANTASTIC

The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark considers the environmental impact of various shopping bags, using the typical single-use plastic bag – currently being phased-out in Australia – as a reference point:

  • Simple LDPE bags: Can be directly reused as waste bin bags for climate change, should be reused at least 1 time for grocery shopping considering all other indicators; finally reuse as waste bin bag.
  • LDPE bags with rigid handle: Can be directly reused as waste bin bags considering all indicators; finally reuse as waste bin bag.
  • Recycled LDPE bags: Reuse for grocery shopping at least 1 time for climate change, at least 2 times considering all indicators; finally reuse as waste bin bag.
  • PP bags, non-woven: Reuse for grocery shopping at least 6 times for climate change, and up to 52 times considering all indicators; finally dispose with recyclables, otherwise reuse as waste bin bag if possible, lastly incinerate.
  • PP bags, woven: Reuse for grocery shopping at least 5 times for climate change, at least 45 times considering all indicators; finally dispose with recyclables, otherwise reuse as waste bin bag if possible, lastly incinerate.
  • PET bags: Reuse for grocery shopping at least 8 times for climate change, and up to 84 times considering all indicators; finally dispose with recyclables, otherwise reuse as waste bin bag if possible, lastly incinerate.
  • Polyester bags: Reuse for grocery shopping at least 2 times for climate change, and up to 35 times considering all indicators; finally dispose with recyclables, otherwise reuse as waste bin bag if possible, lastly incinerate.
  • Biopolymer bags: Can be directly reused as waste bin bags for climate change, should be reused and up to 42 times for grocery shopping considering all other indicators. Finally, re- use as waste bin bag if possible, otherwise incinerate.
  • Unbleached paper bags: Can be directly reused as waste bin bags for climate change, should be reused and up to 43 times considering all other indicators. Finally, reuse as waste bin bag if possible, otherwise incinerate.
  • Bleached paper bags: Reuse for grocery shopping at least 1 time for climate change, and up to 43 times considering all indicators; reuse as waste bin bag if possible, otherwise incin- erate.
  • Organic cotton bags: Reuse for grocery shopping at least 149 times for climate change, and up to 20000 times considering all indicators; reuse as waste bin bag if possible, other- wise incinerate.
  • Conventional cotton bags: Reuse for grocery shopping at least 52 times for climate change, and up to 7100 times considering all indicators; reuse as waste bin bag if possible, otherwise incinerate.
  • Composite bags: Reuse for grocery shopping at least 23 times for climate change, and up to 870 times considering all indicators; reuse as waste bin bag if possible, otherwise inciner- ate.

Organic cotton is the go.

 

3 thoughts on “PLASTIC FANTASTIC

  1. No he doesn’t, we are adults who have survived for generations without ridiculous millenium lingo – you either understand sarcasm or you don’t …

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