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We've been looking for a source of brown recycled paper bags with external paper handles for some time. It's a popular customer request. Unfortunately they are not readily available in 100% recycled paper - at least in Australia. So we've now introduced a small range of bags that are made from 60% FSC-certified recycled paper and 40% FSC-certified kraft paper, as this is the highest percentage of recycled content that we could find.
There are 4 sizes in this brown recycled paper bag range, and they all come with side and bottom gussets for increased capacity. The smallest bag has flat paper handles, while the larger bags all have twisted loop paper handles for increased strength. The bags come in packs of 50 per size.
Many customers come to our store because they are looking for biodegradable see-through bags instead of plastic bags. They need the bags for selling greeting cards with envelopes, to package spices, or soaps, or cookies, and much more. We supply genuine cello bags made from biodegradable cellophane. Cellophane bags are made from pure plant cellulose, usually from wood fibre, but they can be made from a wide range of plant fibres, e.g. flax, cotton, and hemp. Before plastic came on the scene, cellophane ruled - nearly all small foodstuffs, spices, paper and cards etc were sold in real cellophane bags.
But, from enquiries that we receive at BuyEcoGreen it’s obvious that there’s a lot of confusion about the other ‘cello bags’ known as Cello BOPP bags and whether these are also biodegradable and a real alternative to plastic bags.
When plastic entered the scene, it was both cheaper and stronger because of the long chains of polymers derived from fossil fuels (crude oil)....
Many customers come to our store because they are looking for Australian Made recycled brown paper for menus, invitations, cards, swing tags and more. This is what we supply. Recycled paper saves trees, energy and water and reduces waste going to landfill. But, from enquiries that we receive at BuyEcoGreen it’s obvious that there’s a lot of confusion about that other brown paper known as ‘Kraft Paper’ and whether it is recycled.
Brown Kraft paper is made from trees (not wastepaper!). The trees are chemically treated (pulped) to remove the lignin (binding material) in the tree fibre. Up to half the weight of the trees is removed in this way. The paper ends up as naturally brown unless you bleach it. If you do bleach it, you can get white kraft paper as used in white paper bags. Kraft paper is strong, so it’s commonly used in packaging and paper bags, and therefore has its place. But it’s not recycled.
Even some sellers of brown paper get it wrong (you can see this...
Recently we were pleased to support the Orangutan Project with cool green products for their fund-raising showbags at the up-coming Royal Canberra Show in February . The project is a registered not-for-profit organisation that raises funds and awareness to support orangutan conservation, rainforest protection, local community partnerships and the rehabilitation and reintroduction of displaced orangutans back to the wild. The orangutans’ rainforest habitat is disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Eighty per cent of the rainforest has been decimated in the past 20 years. Much of what remains is degraded by drought, forest fires and illegal logging. Tragically, extinction in the wild is likely for orangutans within the next ten years if we do not take immediate action. To learn more, visit www.orangutan.org.au
Christmas is coming - can you feel it? Put some earthy, natural and bright colours into your Christmas this year: give sustainable cards and gifts and wrap them sustainably. For all your Christmas card-making, wrapping and gift giving this year find what you need at BuyEcoGreen: recycled cards, twine, wrap, raffia, gift tags, envelopes, gift bags and boxes, and more. Make it a happy, generous and sustainable Christmas:)
While Australians are pretty good at putting their wastepaper in the yellow recycling bins, they are nearly so good at closing the loop by actually using recycled paper. And nowhere is that more true than in the paper used for everyday copying and printing.
That's why Planet Ark has put it's brand on 100% recycled paper made at the Maryvale Paper Mill in Victoria. They are trying to persuade more people to buy and use Australian made 100% recycled paper.
The paper is 80gsm. FSC-certified, Carbon Neutral, and Bright White. Waste is collected from homes, offices, industrial sites and includes printers and converters waste paper. Close the Loop and use Australian Recycled Copy Paper. For use in most printers and copiers.
Carbon Neutral and certified through the Australian Government's National Carbon Offset Scheme (NCOS). The box and the wrapper are also recycled.
Lots of customers have asked for recycled seed pocket envelopes, and now we've made them. Useful for seeds, wedding favours, jewellery, small cards, confetti and more.
Eco Brown 100% recycled paper seed envelopes; grey/brown; 145 x 90mm; pocket style; natural unbleached; Lick & Stick. Made in Australia from 100% recycled, post-consumer wastepaper. 115gsm. Australian recycled seed pockets or mini envelopes.
In packs of 100 or boxes of 400.
You can see them here: http://www.buyecogreen.com.au/envelopes,…/recycled-envelopes