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- Biodegradable AND Eco-Friendly Bags
- Recycled Corrugated Boxes
- Packing Materials

We are committed to making and using products made in the USA AND becoming more Eco-Friendly in what ever way possible!

Environmental issues are important to everyone. To help you and to do our part, we are implementing the use of 100% Biodegradable bags with our glass fusing and precut glass shapes on GlassArtPatterns.com, Recycled Corrugated Boxes and Eco-Friendly packing materials thru-out our company. 


We use two types of Eco-Friendly bags:

Cellophane and Biodegradable Plastic Bags

Cellophane Bags: "Polypropylene" (BOPP) and "Cellophane"  are NOT the SAME. What causes confusion is Polypropylene are also referred to as Cello Bags.  Cello Bags and Cellophane bags are two different product.  Polypropylene is also and called Poly Bags or Plastic Bags.
“Cellophane” is biodegradable and non-polluting. "Polypropylene” is a plastics product derived from crude oil and “Cellophane” is a paper product derived from cellulose (wood) pulp. Cellophane bags are the classic Crinkly Cellophane bag. Do not be mistaken by suppliers that use the term "Cello" bags as it is not an abbreviation for Cellophane, they are really Polypropylene bags, so it is important to do your home work.

Cellophane is Eco-Friendly, because it is a cellulose product derived from wood and causes nearly zero environmental impact. “Cellophane” is mostly made from cottonwood trees purposely grown, farmed and harvested for “Cellophane” production. No need to worry they are not cutting down trees in the rainforest or your neighborhood to produce “Cellophane”.

Cellophane Bags are Slightly More Expensive than “Polypropylene” Bags but definitely worth the Eco-Friendly value in return!

Biodegradable Plastic Bags: These bags will break down completely when in contact with other decomposing materials, whether in compost bins, landfills, or just buried in the ground. These bags can be recycled along with regular plastic bags. Unlike popular starch based compostable bags, these bags won't start degrading in the presence of oxygen, heat, or sunlight, so they can also be reused until no longer serviceable.

Biodegradable and/or Compostable
These words are used a lot these days, but they aren't interchangeable. They mean completely different things. Composting is a method of biodegradation. Biodegradable means just that – something that biodegrades under any condition.

Compostable bags are made of Polylactic Acid (PLA), a starch based polymer made from corn and other food crops. PLA is engineered to decompose in conditions found at municipal composting facilities, and won't break down in backyard compost bins, landfills or when littered. In addition to this, compostable plastic can't be recycled. The ONLY way to properly dispose of compostable plastic bags is by sending them to municipal composting facilities. The problem is the facilities don't exist in many communities.

How it works
Biodegradable bags are made using traditional plastic resins combined with an additive made by one of several companies like ECM Biofilms (www.ecmbiofilms.com). The additive will help break down the bag into common elements found in the soil. Biodegrading starts when the plastic is in contact with other elements that are decomposing – in landfills, compost bins, or just buried in the ground. Most importantly, these bags can also be recycled along with other non-biodegradable plastic bags.

Benefits of biodegradable plastic bags
They are 100% Biodegradable. But if not recycled, these bags will start breaking down within 9 months, and completely biodegrade within a few years. The process starts when bags are in contact with other decomposing materials.

Biodegradable bags can be recycled just like any other HDPE and LDPE plastic bags. Many cities have recycling programs that will take these bags, and most supermarkets also have a bag recycling program.

The biodegradation of these bags requires the presence of other decomposing materials, therefore they won't won't degrade when exposed to sunlight, heat, or oxygen like PLA compostable plastic.

What about paper bags?
When comparing plastic and paper bags, plastic always comes out on top. This has been shown in study after study.

Here are a few facts on Paper Bags:

- Paper bags require 4-5 times more energy to produce than plastic.

- Paper bags are responsible for 70% more air pollution and 50 times more water pollution than plastic.

-Plastic bags are lighter than paper, requiring far less energy to transport.

- Plastic bags generate 80% less solid waste than paper.
- Recycling plastic requires 91% less energy than paper.
- The manufacture of paper bags uses 40% more energy than plastic bags.

Do biodegradable bags cost more?
Making bags biodegradable generally increases cost between 10% and 20%. The price increase varies depending on the size of the bag, and the size of the order.


Recycled corrugated shipping boxes are made from 100% post consumer recycled materials and are also recyclable.

As you know we primarily use USPS (United States Postal Service) Priority Mail and boxes to ship your product orders and for mail correspondences. Click Here to read more on the USPS Green Initiative.

But did you know each year, the Postal Service purchases more than $200 million in products containing recycled content?

Many of the containers that hold and move mail in the system are made from recycled materials, as are stamped envelopes, postcards, stamp booklet covers — even the adhesive used in postage stamps is biodegradable.

And the Postal Service is the only shipping company in the country to earn Cradle to Cradle™ certification for all Priority Mail and Express Mail packages and envelopes based on the environmental attributes of the materials used in the packaging.

- We use Click-N-Ship so we do not have to make a special trip to the post office.
- Since the postal delivery person comes to our offices already he brings our eco-friendly boxes and envelopes and he takes the shipments at the same time! 

By teaming up with an eco-friendly business we are not just saving time but we are also complimenting our eco-friendly goals by reducing the fossil fuel use in our daily business activities, i.e. we are reducing our carbon footprint!


We are thinking globally and acting locally and ask you to join us by sharing what you are doing too!  Contact us and let us know how you too are minimizing the impact on our climate!


Ann Sanborn
A Sanborn Corporation

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