Going green has been a sound business strategy for decades. Browse the web, and you’ll see articles dating back to the 1990s and early 2000s about “buying into the green movement” and “green consumerism.

The bottom line is that as consumers demand to get more green for their green (bucks), many retailers, corporations, and local and state governments are responding accordingly to make it so. While there is much more progress to be made, a 2017 international study by global consumer goods company Unilever revealed 1 out of 3 consumers now choose to buy from brands they believe are doing social or environmental good.

That said, how can your organization do more for the environmental good?

Product packaging and disposable bags, especially, represent a huge amount of material waste that gets disposed of annually around the world. The World Wide Fund For Nature estimates that less packaging and bags could reduce what ends up in landfills by around 10%. They recommend that consumers bring their own bags to reduce waste.

Around the United States, many towns and cities are proposing and enacting ordinances to discourage retailers and residents from using single-use plastic bags. One way to discourage their use is to charge a fee per bag that is passed on to consumers; another is to ban their use outright, thereby forcing consumers to bring their own, reusable bags.

 

The Problem with Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are inexpensive to produce, which means it’s easy for retailers to mass produce and distribute them as a convenient way for consumers to carry home their products. But what’s convenient at the time soon becomes an environmental nightmare.

When consumers get their products home or to the office, what then becomes of those inexpensive, convenient plastic bags? In most cases, they get tossed into the garbage and soon wind up in landfills or dumped in the ocean. In other cases, plastic bags get discarded of improperly and they end up littering the landscape and highways. And because they are made of plastic, the bags tend not to biodegrade, which means they are with us in the environment for a long, long time.

The Solution

If you must use a plastic shopping bag, or you have a “stash” of them at home, reuse them to carry other goods or items—or use them to line trash cans. Better yet, consumers can bring their own bags instead of the disposable plastic or paper ones given away by stores.

 

Belvedere Exclusive is the premiere source for environmentally-friendly reusable tote bags, insulated cooler bags, canvas tote bags, reusable water bottles, and other related products. All of our products are recycled, recyclable, or biodegradable/compostable.

Stylish, Custom, User-Friendly Products

Belvedere Exclusive products, imprinted with your company name and logo, can serve as a handy promotional item you provide as a no- or low-cost way to add value to your customer’s experience of your business/brand.

A 2016 study by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) shows that the majority of people who receive a quality promotional item are likely to have a more favorable impression of the company that gave it to them, and they’ll typically keep and use that item for an average of 8 months, which means that not only are they engaging with your brand over a long period of time, but others are able to see your brand in action and become more aware of it.

Since Belvedere Exclusive products are ecological, re-usable, and biodegradable, you can demonstrate what your organization is doing to help protect the environment, which as the Unilever study showed can boost consumer interest in your brand.

 

Make A Green Statement

Belvedere Exclusive offers recycled polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) eco custom shopping bags:

  • Made from recycled soda & water bottles
  • 80% post-consumer materials
  • 125+ reuses and they’re washable and PET-1 recyclable
  • Meet all state and local “bag ban” requirements
  • Printing options for your name and logo start at minimum orders of 10 cartons.

We also offer Polypropylene (PP) Nonwoven custom shopping bags:

  • These are the lowest price FOB USA bags in the market!
  • 125+ reuses and they’re washable and PP-5 recyclable
  • Meet all state and local “bag ban” requirements
  • Start at 85c or less per bag, minimum 1 shipping pallet.

When you order from Belvedere Exclusive, you can choose from a wide range of cool graphics and colors, including our best-selling LANTERN PRESS® collection; our ENDLESS SUMMER collection, which celebrates 50 years of Bruce Brown’s epic surf film, The Endless Summer; our JOHN VAN HAMERSVELD collection of artwork by this famed graphic artist and illustrator who designed record jackets for pop and psychedelic bands starting in the 1960s (including the famed “Endless Summer” poster); and our GWEN’S NEST collection, which features classic beach and nautical designs from California Designer Gwen Graham.

Eco-Friendly, High-Exposure Branding

Our custom branded bags make the perfect take-home gift, promotional item, or reusable tote for your venue, event, or organization. Add your logo, your colors, and your design to our recyclable and re-usable eco-friendly bags to grab attention and make a lasting green impression on your patrons and everyone they encounter while they’re shopping and out and about.

We invite you to get a no-strings attached quote on our bags, which are already in use with many high-profile brands around the country.