The European Outdoor Group’s Single-Use Plastics Project (SUPP) has released a new report called “Poly Bag Standards” with the aim of reducing single-use plastics across the value chain.
The new standards document is available free of charge to all businesses, including clothing and textile companies and offers advice on material considerations, priorities and a bag design that applies the best standards.
the SUPP The Polyethylene Bag Standards Document was developed with input from the entire value chain with the ultimate goal of eliminating unnecessary polyethylene bags.
Contributions have been received from a number of manufacturers, brands, retailers and recyclers and the idea is to encourage and support the deployment of the standards in several companies.
For those circumstances where poly bags are needed, such as protecting delicate clothing during transport, there is a set of standards to minimize contaminants and ensure that the maximum value of the material is maintained.
SUPP also introduced a prototype polythene ‘pillowcase’ bag that uses recycled and recyclable materials, and incorporates a design that encourages users to open the bag without tearing it, meaning it could potentially be reused. .
The prototype bag has been tested across multiple product lines and has moved smoothly from manufacturing to brand and retailer to end users with promising results. Once a pillowcase polybag is ultimately deemed unusable, its clean design means it can be more easily kept in the resource stream through systems such as an industrial recycling program developed by SUPP.
European Outdoor Group program manager Scott Nelson, who leads the single-use plastics project, highlighted: value chain. However, we also recognize that some bags are still needed at this time, but these should be much better and should not be treated as single use. The SUPP Poly Bag Standards document was written to begin to address both sides of this equation.
He added, “Our ultimate goal is to get poly bags back into the resource stream. By designing for end of life, we can prioritize the specific attributes that have the greatest net impact on the value of bags after use. If these bags are seen as an invaluable and critical resource to protect certain products, then they should be treated as such and not so easily thrown away. ”