Small Is Beautiful: Seattle Embraces Small Paper Bags as Plastic Bag Ban Takes Hold

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As the Emerald City does away with plastic bags and some stores put a charge in place for large paper bags, customers are finding ways to make do with small paper bags, like those sold by Iron Bird Packaging.

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By now, Seattle residents have made their peace with the city-wide ban on plastic bags. Like it or not, plastic grocery bags have gone the way of the dinosaur and will no longer be found at any store in Seattle. Though hardly anyone can object to the city’s initiative to help save the planet, many people are up in arms over the proposed charge for large paper bags.

Under the city’s new law, which took effect July 1, merchants are allowed to charge five cents for each large paper bag. This means that residents who forget to bring re-usable bags will have to pay for paper bags to carry larger items.

Some Seattleites, determined to get around this enforced cost, are finding creative ways to get around paying. By using a combination of small paper bags, plastic produce bags, and re-usable cloth bags, shoppers can get around paying any extra cost, while still doing their part for the environment.

Small paper bags, like the ones offered by online retailer Iron Bird Packaging, can be much more useful and durable than they appear. For example, these bags can be folded for easy storage in a purse or pocket until they are needed, or re-used as containers for lunch box treats instead of buying disposable Ziploc bags.

“We are doing our part for the environment also by offering a wide range of paper bags made from 100% recyclable materials with at least 40% post-consumer content.“ said Ashot Rostomian, President and CEO of Iron Bird Packaging.

In addition to white paper bags, Iron Bird Packaging offers paper and plastic supplies for the retail industry. The company’s selection of paper bags, labels, and plastic containers are affordable and durable. All of the packaging supplies sold by Iron Bird Packaging are suitable for creative re-use, and the company encourages its customers to do their part for the planet. Iron Bird Packaging just added a whole line of brown and white paper bags made from 100% recyclable materials with at least 40% post-consumer content.

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