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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jun 24, 2018

Alternatives to plastic shipping bags?

We've plastic ban in Maharashtra and I'm wondering what'd be the right alternative to plastic shipping bags? Does anyone know budget and eco-friendly alternative?

Alternative could be paper bags ,cardboard boxes or sheets, corrugated boxes or sheets, thick paper boxes/sheets or anything made up of paper. ? ? ? 


Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jun 24, 2018

Corrugated boxes are a good option - but the problem is that they add a lot to the weight of the shipment. Typically, the domestic couriers in India would charge various rates for 500 gms and 1Kg shipments - that's why it's important to keep the shipment under 500 grams. 

Our t-shirts are mostly < 500 grams (including packaging), but without plastic bags, shipment is going to be costlier. 

I've been hearing a lot about biodegradable plastic bags. Does anyone know about them? Any known vendor who can supply them?

There is an interesting item in today's TNIE:

http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/29804752

Not for immediate use. There is a company called biogreen in Bangalore that makes various types of biodegradable bags. They also make garment shipping bags for industries, which is not shown in their site. 

I talked to them. If you can mail them your requirements they will respond with all details.

https://biogreenmart.com/contact-us


This was the mail from them:

Yes. Please Check the link below for newspaper bags
 
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This is a thought provoking article from Scientific American.

Maharashtra's initiative seems to be the way to go.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/more-recycling-wont-solve-plastic-pollution/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

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