Some information about traditionally used party supplies and goodie bag gift items that you might find interesting.
Did you know about the benefits of buying recycled paper products?
Producing products made from recycled paper causes 74% less air pollution, 35% less water pollution, and creates 5 times the number of jobs than producing virgin paper from trees. It also saves old-growth trees, forest ecosystems, native habitat and biodiversity.
Did you know the evils of the average plastic fork?
The typical disposable plastic fork or spoon is made from petroleum and estimates are that it can take somewhere between 10 and 100 years to decompose. And of course when it is decomposing it's releasing toxic substances into the soil and groundwater.
Did you know how bad styrofoam is?
Disposable tableware is needed for large or outdoor gatherings where we just can't swing everyday dishes. By far one of the ugliest choices for the environment has to be styrofoam. Even though expanded polystyrene or 'styrofoam' as it's commonly referred to, may have a recycling code, it is not easily recyclable because of it's light weight, low scrap value, and lack of suitable recycling facilities. Styrofoam is generally not accepted in curbside recycling programs and it's estimated that styrofoam, made from petroleum, takes up to 900 years to decompose in landfill. Documentation has shown that styrofoam has caused starvation in birds and marine wildlife.
Styrofoam is made from nonrenewable sources, is practically indestructible, and leaves a legacy of pollution for generations to come.
Did you know paper cups are commonly lined with a petroleum product?
The average disposable paper cup is lined with a petroleum based substance in order to keep it's liquid from seeping into the paper fibre, therefore making the cup weaken. And you thought paper was better than styrofoam cups! The better choice, after your washable mug of course, is a 'paper' cup made from renewable sources such as PLA - these are lined usually with confectioners sugar to help keep their shape.
Do you know what makes a product biodegradable and compostable?
Biodegradable and compostable products are made from organic, natural materials like corn, reed grass and bagasse (sugar cane). These products come from annually renewable resources and are sustainably manufactured, non-toxic while in use and decompose back into the soil.
Do you know what PLA or Bagasse products are?
PolyActide (or PLA) products are commonly made from corn or potato starch, while bagasse products are made from residual sugar cane fiber (a waste product of sugar production). PLA products tend to work better for cold materials, while bagasse products tend to work with both hot and cold materials. Reed Pulp is another emerging product on the market which is a highly renewable resource and can be used in place of traditionally used paper and plastic products.
Your traditional plastic tablecloth might be toxic to guests?
DEHP, which is an abbreviation for di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, is a manufactured chemical that is commonly added to plastics to make them flexible. Children can be exposed to DEHP if they eat food or drink water contaminated with DEHP or if they breathe in the chemical from ambient or indoor air. DEHP is used in many products that are made from plastic, but especially a plastic known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or vinyl. When it is found in products, DEHP is at a higher level when that product is new. Items made from PVC include many plastic toys, some plastic furniture, car and furniture upholstery, shower curtains, tablecloths, and some flooring (vinyl flooring). When you open a new item from their plastic covering and feel lightheaded from the overpowering smell? That is off-gassing and the product releasing chemicals into the air. Not all PVC products contain DEHP, but it is found in many products.
Did you know?
Traditional garbage bags are made from plastic and can take 10 to 50+ years to decompose in a typical landfill.