The 40% Post Consumer Waste Debate

Just as those of us in the packaging industry were starting to wrap our heads around the laws banning plastic bags in various states, new findings show that self-serving data may be a growing problem when it comes to post consumer waste content in packaging.

Many retailers rely on this data to stay in compliance with the 40% post consumer waste content legislation. Obviously, if data is falsified, these retailers risk noncompliance with current bag laws as well as potentially doing more harm to the environment.

If you are looking to verify the percentage of post consumer waste from your supplier, try these methods:

  • Third-party verification
  • Government document guaranteeing post consumer waste content
  • Letter from paper company/supplying manufacturer
  • Letter from manufacturer/converter

Because the U.S. is known to be the most reliable source for accurate reporting of post consumer waste content, companies may chose a supplier whose packaging is made in the U.S.

Retailers may also wish to offer customers reusable cotton, jute or hemp shopping bags in addition to natural kraft paper bags as a way to lessen environmental impacts.

At Morgan Chaney, we know the importance of environmentally responsible practices in packaging. If your company is looking to become “eco-aware” call 866-637-2270 or contact Morgan Chaney online. Our environmentally conscious packaging offers customers endless options, including: custom paper shopping bags, natural kraft paper bags and eco friendly paper bags. We also offer reusable bags and other green packaging options.

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