Often you may be wondering which bag material is the best to use. At TELETASK, we face this issue often, specifically about our carrying bags with TELETASK logo. Because we care about our environment and the future generations, we looked for an answer. What we detected (in a National Geographic article - see link below), may help you as well.
In that article, we found a good overview of different materials used for bags, particularly focusing on shopping bags in the USA market, but the study is worldwide useful. The article explains, in a readable way, which bag has the lowest environmental impact. You might be surprised by the results.
Enjoy reading and let's contribute to a general sustainability awareness. This is the original article from National Geographic: link
TELETASK cares, So what about TELETASK bags and packing materials?
Well, you will have to look deep to find a plastic bag in the TELETASK packings. In 2020 we changed all our product boxes to a new carton design and removed all plastic bags inside. The used carton boxes have a ‘smart’ design which results in the fact that we don’t need plastic shock absorbing materials anymore. And if we use a bag (today only in the OPUS packing) it is made of reusable nonwoven PP, which is the best available solution (today). In all other cases we use paper bags since than. It looks maybe a little old fashioned for some of you, but in order to our investigation, it is the best solution. Anyhow, the result is rather impressive. Our goal was that in every new installation, (micro)plastics are avoided as much as possible and the left behind packing garbage would exist only of paper and cardboard. And we reached that goal for more than 99%. We will keep working on that last 1%! As well as we also look for more circularity. But that is another subject for a future article here. And unfortunately it is not going to be a simple one.
For marketing applications, we have TELETASK carrying bags as a give away on exhibitions to carry documentation. We, at TELETASK, use ‘non-woven’ bags, but for smaller quantities we recommend you to use paper bags.
Thought: The better alternative is nobag.
By the way, there was another impact on making our packing more sustainable: The price impact. It is to be found mainly in the extra labor cost and for the paper and cardboard needed in the packing process. Paper is more expensive, specially because the whole world started to move away from plastic bags to paper and carton. But we believe it is worth the price to pay for the sake of the next generations to come. We hope you agree with us.
And last but not least, we also reduced the size of the data sheet paper in the product boxes. We also have them printed in a more sustainable way which consumes less ink and energy than before. Step by step…
Question : Who song ‘every step you take, I’ll be watching you’.