Each year, 500 billion plastic bags are used once and thrown away — but they never really go away.
Bethesda, MD (PRWEB)
May 23, 2017
An uninhabited island in the South Pacific reported to host 38 million pieces of plastic waste is a potent symbol of the plastic pollution epidemic. Joining the movement to fight back against single-use plastic pollution is the small but mighty New Paper Bag by LunchSkins the environmentally-conscious, recyclable alternative to the plastic sandwich bag that’s poised to shake up lunch-packing routines for the better.
“Plastic is cheap, which is why it’s everywhere,” says Kirsten Quigley, CEO and Founder of LunchSkins. “We’re told to stop making choices that harm our planet but it’s also up to us [the companies] to work together to provide more widely accessible, plastic-free alternatives.”
Plastic, especially single-use (use and toss) plastic, has overstayed its welcome. Each year, 500 billion plastic bags are used once and thrown away — but they never really go away. Discarded plastic bags clog waterways, harm wildlife, and languish in landfills, releasing toxic microplastics as they degrade over a period ranging from 10 to 10,000 years. “It’s truly ironic,” says Quigley, “that something designed for one-time use decades ago is still with us in landfills and oceans.”
The overwhelming problem of plastic pollution spurred Quigley to create LunchSkins reusable, dishwasher-safe bags back in 2008 when she was packing 20 lunches each week for her brood of four. “With every plastic bag I zipped and sent off to never see again, I kept thinking there has to be a better way.”
Driven by a mission to reduce plastic pollution one bag at a time, LunchSkins took…