Every retail shop of any kind will need to offer bags for the purchases their customers make. That is an obvious necessity, but what may not be as obvious is the environmental damage that these bags can cause if they are not manufactured and used sensibly. Over 100 million plastic bags are used in the United States every year. These bags take up to 1,000 years to degrade and require 12 million barrels of oil to produce.

Many people have switched to using reusable bags and totes, but usually will only think of them when they are grocery shopping. This still leaves a lot of retail stores using disposable bags instead. Obviously, paper bags are a better choice than plastic, but paper is not without its own set of problems. They are after all made from wood, causing trees to be cut. They have to be manufactured too which can lead to pollution issues.

The best option is still to look for paper bags for your business, but to choose sensibly by using only those crafted from recycled products. Each ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees. It also saves oil, water, air pollution and space in landfills. Nearly 4,000 kilowatts of energy is spared as well.

It is pretty easy to see that if businesses worked together to purchase only materials that were recycled they could make a huge difference for the environment. If you have been dragging your feet because you are concerned that recycled products are not as attractive or durable, now is the time to check out the custom shopping bags by Howard Packaging.

They are a company dedicated to providing their customers with the finest product at an affordable price, while they also do everything they can to be as environmentally responsible as possible. It is not just bags they offer either, but boxes, tissue papers and much more. They work hard to ensure that all of these products are produced in a sustainable fashion. They also encourage people who acquire their custom printed packaging by Howard Packaging products to recycle as well, by ensuring everything on their boxes and bags can also be recycled.

If you have been avoiding environmentally friendly products because you did not think you could get the same attractive custom shopping bags you have become accustomed to, contact Howard Packaging. They will happy to provide you with a free sample of their product so you can see that recycled products can still be beautiful.