“On July 1st 2015, California became the first state government to enact legislation imposing a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at large retail stores. In addition, there will be a 10 cent minimum charge for recycled paper bags, reusable plastic bags, and compostable bags at certain locations.” (National Conference of State Legislatures)

It is evident that the world is making progress on becoming more sustainable. One change you may notice fairly close to home is at your local grocery or retail store. The plastic bag as we know it is now being banned across the country. These disposables bags have been sitting in landfills since their creation. A cheap and easy alternative to requiring consumers to bring their own bags, but their plastic construction leaves a large footprint.

“A new city of Chicago ordinance will first go into effect in August 2015, when retailers occupying stores that are more than 10,000 square foot will no longer be allowed to offer plastic bags.”

As other states start to do their part to reduce waste with their own legislation, how do manufactures and retailers provide their customers a method for getting products from the shelves to their car? Some have been using bundling film or cardboard trays to group up their products. Others have started using a new innovation in the packaging world, the carry handle.

Carry Handle Products

Standlee, in particular, has embraced the carry handle head on. This producer of hay bales for animal consumption, has already began implementing carry handles directly on their bulky products making them easier to handle. These handles are a win win for all parties. They're eco friendly, make the consumers life easier, and make manufactures products stand out on the shelf.

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No bag required. Just the product and significantly less plastic. Have you seen another alternative method for reducing plastic bag use? Let us know in the comments.

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