Where Thin Is In The Bag!
We Are The Half Mil
In December 2010, we began plans to build one of the largest solar power system in northern New Jersey. The objective is to sustain our growth plans and tap the sun to reduce CO2emissions. As we near completion, Glopak will be one if not the the only plastic manufacturer in New Jersey using green energy to power its production process and would reduce our CO2 emission by 690 Metric Tons of carbon dioxide every year. Our 500+ KW roof system will start generating green energy by Mid July 2011, while a similar sized system will be placed on approximately three acres of land adjacent to Glopak to maximize energy production.
Reuse and recycling of plastic products is the most feasible and effective choice when considering the environment. Plastic bags are easily disposed of in bins, which are increasingly available at most supermarkets. The plastic bags are then sent to plastic processing/recycling facilities where there is a high demand for reprocessed plastic. Reprocessed or recycled plastic can be used for products such as railroad ties, decking, and recycled plastic bags. Glopak believes that if recycling bins are placed in more stores nationwide along with a stalwart educational effort will greatly reduce environmental degradation caused by plastic bags on across the country. Our desire is to work with both plastic manufactures and others to increase awareness of the benefits of plastic recycling. Glopak will explore all possible options that will enable us to provide the same high quality products to end-users while at the same time promoting a healthy environment.
As a supplier of plastic products, Glopak is aware of the negative stigma associated with plastic and its impact on the environment. The truth of the matter is that all commercial products are harmful to the environment if not appropriately disposed of, recycled, or reused. In response, many environmentalists target plastic bags in particular as an environmental problem. Instead they offer other products as more "environmentally friendly". At Glopak, we adamantly disagree with such assertions and emphasize the fact that plastic products, if reused, recycled, and properly disposed of, are an environmentally suitable choice for packaging. Many people from around the world are convinced that paper packaging is better for the environment than plastic packaging. On the contrary, plastic bags are a great option when it comes to preserving the environment if properly reused, recycled, and disposed of correctly, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Surprising to many, the EPA reports that plastic presents fewer environmental challenges than paper.
“14 million trees are cut to produce the 10 billion paper grocery bags used by Americans each year.” “It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag.” (Simpleecology.com)
In other words, 13 to 17 million trees were used in 1997 to create paper bags. If the public chose to use only paper bags rather than plastic bags, the result will lead to an enormous increase in the number of trees that must be chopped down, turned to pulp, and chemically treated to manufacture additional paper bags. As some environmental activists misguidedly claim, plastic resin is made from a by-product of natural gas and not oil.
“As to the "number of trees" this represents, it's impossible to get an accurate count. Tree density in primary forests varies from 50,000-100,000 trees per square km, so the math would put this number at 3 billion to 6 billion trees per year.Dec 31, 2015”-Quora.com
“According to Rainforest Action Network, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population yet consumes more than 30% of the world’s paper.” (conserve-energy-future.com)
What this statement means is that it would take at least nine more truckloads of paper bags to deliver the same amount of plastic bags, which leads to more usage of fossil fuels and greater emissions of greenhouse gasses that are harmful to our environment.
It takes more than four times as much energy to manufacture a paper bag as it does to manufacture a plastic bag. (Film and Bag Federation, Society of the Plastics Industry)
Paper takes up nine times more space in landfills [than does plastic] (USA Today)
There is a major misconception that in a landfill, paper products degrade substantially more quickly than plastic products. As stated by the EPA, "Current research demonstrates that paper in today's landfills does not degrade or break down at a substantially faster rate than plastic does." This issue is not exclusive to paper and plastic since nothing degrades quickly when confined to a landfill. In order to keep the site as sanitary as possible, modern landfills are designed to keep air and light away from its waste content in an effort to keep rodents and pestilence away from nearby communities. Without sunlight, moisture and air, nothing will degrade quickly in a landfill including products that are widely believed to be fully biodegradable.
Four times as much energy is required to produce paper bags (compared to plastic bags) and 85 times as much energy is needed to recycle them. (USA Today)
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