Let’s Talk Plastic – Recycling and Print

The Plastic Bag Ban

Last year, California became the first U.S. state to ban plastic grocery bags. Prior to that, many cities across the nation had already placed their own ban on plastic bags. With all of these plastic bag bans sweeping through the nation, you may wonder why it’s such a big deal in the first place. The truth is, plastic bags and plastic in general are affecting our world.

Where does it go?

We all use plastic every day –but have you ever stopped and wondered where all the plastic goes? If you believe that plastic is biodegradable or always recycled into another form that can be re-used then you are mistaken. According to PlasticPollutionCoallition.org, these are two very common misconceptions.

For starters, most plastic is not biodegradable. That means that our planet does not absorb and breakdown plastic like it does other materials. Even when plastic is recycled into other materials, we still find ourselves facing the same issue –that plastic cannot be broken down easily.

Recycling Initiatives

There are many sustainability initiatives that have been developed in an effort to reduce plastic pollution such as:

  • Recycling all types of plastics (for more information click here).
  • Reducing your own plastic footprint (for more information click here).

If you’re not sure how you can do your part, you can review the article titled 10 ways you can help reduce plastic pollution.

EarthColor Efforts

As a printing company, we often print millions of pieces on plastic materials –to re-iterate millions of pieces. So what can a printing company possibly do to play their part? A lot. 

EarthColor pioneered a more environmentally friendly alternative known as Earth Everlit. Earth Everlit is a patent-pending process of printing images, line art and typography on PET plastic. Everlit is even available on 50% recycled RPET made from recycled water bottles. PET is much safer than PVC plastic which competing products have often used. The Earth Everlit process provides a product that is:

  • Safe
  • Non-toxic
  • Does not contain heavy metals
  • Does not use plasticizers
  • Lightweight
  • Releases no VOC’s into the air
  • Easily recyclable

It is important to EarthColor as a company to limit our environmental footprint and one of the many ways we work toward accomplishing this goal is by giving our clients the ability to print on plastic in a more environmentally friendly manner. 

Contact us for more information on how EarthColor can help you make the right Eco Friendly choices for your business


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