Eco-friendly Product Company Unveils The Next Step For Going Green In 2009

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520-nm's 100% recycled PET produce bags help shoppers take New Year's resolution to reduce and reuse one step further by eliminating the need for flimsy, throwaway plastic produce bags.

520-nm's line of 100% recycled PET produce bags takes the fight against plastic one step further by giving consumers a choice instead of the flimsy plastic ones found in the grocery store, or used at the farmers' market, to carry fruits, vegetables and bulks foods. Using only three of 520-nm's large reusable produce bags keep the equivalent of 18 plastic bottles out of the landfill. One hundred bags reduce the need for approximately one cubic yard of landfill. In addition to being made of recycled plastic bottles, the rip-stop fabric also makes the bags longer-lasting and more versatile than other produce bag alternatives that are made of cotton, cotton mesh or tulle. The bags can be purchased directly from 520-nm's online store at

520-nm's produce bags offer eco-conscious shoppers an ideal way to eliminate even more plastic from their grocery trips. "It seems like everyone bought a reusable shopping bag in 2008 but look inside and most likely several plastic bags, each holding a head of lettuce, a dozen apples or a handful of nuts, can be found," says Joling Mew founder of the company. "2008 was all about the shopping bag. We believe that 2009 is the year to eliminate the "other" bag - the one you use by the dozen, in the produce section of your grocery store, or at the farmers' market, to hold your fruits and vegetables."

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans disposed of approximately 31 million tons of plastic in 2007. Only a fraction of this amount - 2 million tons or 6.8% - was recovered for recycling. Containers and packaging, as a category, represent the largest portion of all plastics recycled. This may not be surprising given all the emphasis in recent years on replacing the plastic shopping bag. Mew believes that still more can be done to encourage less plastic use and she sees her bags playing a pivotal role.

All components of the 520-nm reusable produce and bulk item bags are made from recycled materials, even the label. By using non-virgin materials, waste is removed from the environment and fewer natural resources are depleted. The bags come in two convenient sizes and can be bought as a starter kit containing 3 large and 3 small bags that come with a handy stuffer which doubles as a small herb or spice sack.

For additional information on 520-nm and how its reusable produce and bulk item bags can help you fulfill your green resolution in 2009, visit the company online at

About 520-nm, LLC:
520-nm refers to the wavelength of green light. While the company's founding was sparked from one idea its mission is to help everyone see the green in every day by offering simple solutions for a healthy planet. Based in San Francisco, the company works with local designers and artists to develop eco-friendly products, and sources many of its product components from the United States. 520-nm is a proud member of 1% For The Planet.

Joling Mew
520~nm, LLC


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