101 Things Designers Can Do to Save The Earth


19. Spec corn-derivative shopping bags instead of plastic
May 26, 2007, 2:53 am
Filed under: Ink, Paper, Printing

If you do design work for retailers, why not suggest that their shopping bags go green? 100% biodegradable shopping bags are available, imprintable with soy-based inks, that are made from non-genetically modified starch. The look just like plastic bags, but you can throw them on the compost pile and make them part of next spring’s vegetable garden.

Biodegradable shopping bags

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do you know of translucent plastic business card that uses soy inks? i am a environmental policy grad student who will be giving seminars in my community about global climate change and alternative energy. my calling card should “talk the talk”. any suggestions?

Comment by ave

It’s tough to find clear PLA (poly lactic acid) but somewhat translucent is available. How well soy prints on it – I don’t know yet. Should find info if you Google PLA.

Comment by Jeff




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