Saturday, February 11, 2012

tiny wastebasket, but not for long.

Plastic shopping Bags.
Plastic shopping bags are now public enemy #1 for environmentalists. Theyre pretty much the anti-christ according to them. but I learned something odd today, my generation is one of the first to be exposed to plastic shopping bags, before 1982 there was only paper…
“The modern lightweight shopping bag is the invention of Swedish engineer Sten Gustaf Thulin. In the early 1960s, Thulin developed the idea for forming a simple one-piece bag by folding, welding and die-cutting a flat tube of plastic in the early 1960s for packaging company Celloplast of Norrk√∂ping, Sweden. Thulin's design produced a simple, strong bag with a high load-carrying capacity, and was patented worldwide by Celloplast in 1965.”
Eventually celloplast lost the exclusive patent for plastic bags and a bunch of other companies took it and ran with it. Kroger and Safeway were the first stores in the mid-80s to begin using them.
Now there are specific laws banning them in certain cities, the generation that follows our wont even be able to remember plastic bags. Short lived and mega useful. Even though theyre biodegradable now, they won’t be around for long.
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