Contractor Bags are NOT all the Same, and you may be paying the price

Did you ever purchase a box of 3 Mil contractor bags and wonder why the bags don’t perform as well as the ones that you purchased last time? Or why the bags don’t feel quite as tough? The box says that these bags have the same height, width, and thickness as the other ones, and all contractor bags are the same, right? Wrong. There’s a little secret in the trash bag industry that explains why the quality and performance of a contractor bag seems to vary so much across brands. Once you know this secret, you will never waste money on poor quality contractor bags again. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Get Rid of Grotesque Grocery Bags

For most homeowners, wastepaper baskets are a domestic convenience, but these tiny bins can easily become a problem without the proper liner. In fact, many people choose to reuse old shopping bags as liners, a practice that is generally not recommended as these bags rarely hold up to everyday use. Plasticplace, on the other hand, provides liners for your wastepaper basket that are designed for superior performance. If you are still not sure whether small garbage bags are worth the investment, here are three reasons to do away with grungy grocery bag liners. Continue reading

Plasticplace: Fall Composting Tips

Now that we’re deep into the middle of fall, many of your outdoor chores are probably winding down. In many places, the lawn has stopped growing, and the mower is safely stored in the shed. The vegetable garden is emptying out, except for any stray pumpkins that survived Halloween. Chances are, you’ve completed your big fall yard cleanup for the year. But there’s one important job that kicks into high gear as the season turns: composting.

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The Best Trash Bag Halloween Costumes You’ve Ever Seen

Homemade costumes just scream Halloween. They bring you back to your trick-or-treating days, when imagination was a much bigger part of the celebrations. Maybe your mom sewed you a perfect princess dress, maybe you raided the thrift shop, or maybe you just paired a big black garbage bag with a Scream mask, but no matter what, somehow the planning was half the fun.

Things are a little different now. Not everyone has the time, tools, or talent to spend hours hunched over a sewing machine creating a masterpiece, or trawling through second hand stores looking for the perfect finishing touch. That old garbage bag, however, still hold possibilities. If you’d like to reach back and find a little of that homemade Halloween magic, we have a few ideas. Continue reading

State Of The Trash: Good News About Your Garbage

Usually, when you read something about how humans are treating the environment, you have to brace yourself. Bad news is everywhere. That’s what we were thinking when we first saw the latest report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA recently released an in-depth report on the state of garbage and recycling in America. The full report is enormous: 186 pages of facts and figures about what people do with old refrigerators and the rate at which municipal compost programs are growing. (Even the name is long: Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Assessing Trends in Material Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States.) There’s a slightly more digestible fact sheet available, but it still clocks in at 22 pages of dense information. Realistically, who has time to read that? Continue reading

Are You Ready For The Fall Yard Cleanup?

It’s halfway through September already. We’ve reluctantly let go of summer, the kids are back in school, and in most parts of the country, the weather has turned. The changing of the seasons is always most noticeable out in our own backyards. The luxurious summer growth is over, and to keep everything from looking a bit dead and sad, a concerted cleanup effort is required. Here’s our list of absolutely essential Fall yard cleanup tasks: Continue reading

What’s Wrong With The Recycling System

As you know, all of us here at Plastic Place are big on recycling. Recycling is great for the environment, it’s good for the economy, and there’s even something a bit magical about it: recycling delivers on the promise of alchemy, turning something worthless into something valuable.The benefits are so great that we’re surprised recycling isn’t universal yet. In fact, it’s not even close. Even now, in 2015, plenty of people just chuck everything into the same landfill-bound bag and call it a day. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, while an estimated 75% of waste is recyclable, in the USA only about 30% makes it to the recycling plant. Continue reading

Biodegradable Plastic Bags: What You Need to Know

Plastic can be a problem. It might seem strange for a company called “Plastic Place” to acknowledge such a thing, but it is absolutely true. While the invention of plastic has done a massive amount for humanity, revolutionizing everything from sanitation to health care, no technological advance comes without its price. Improperly discarded plastic is one of the most urgent problems facing the environment today. According to the U.S. Environmental Agency, only 8% of the 31 million tons of plastic waste produced each year is recycled. Much of the rest ends up as litter and pollution, clogging waterways, threatening wildlife, and releasing potentially toxic chemicals into the earth. Being so aware of this conflict is what drives our commitment to finding greener ways of dealing with trash, especially when it comes to the production and disposal of plastic bags. Continue reading

Plastic Place: You’ll never guess the second lives your plastic bags might have!

We’re living in the most environmentally conscious time period in human history. We all know about the challenges facing the earth: we’ve been educated about the three Rs ever since our first Earth Day celebrations back in elementary school. Everyone wants to do their part to keep the planet green and blue and healthy for ourselves and our children. When you work in an industry like ours, that urge to keep the environment safe becomes even more powerful. Simply paying lip service to environmental causes isn’t enough. Studies have shown that plastic bags are actually much easier on the environment than paper: they use less energy in manufacturing and shipping, are responsible for less emissions, and most of all, are infinitely recyclable. We might be famous for our garbage bags, but recycling is what really gets us going. When it comes to recycling plastic bags, you might think you’ve heard it all, but Continue reading

Plastic Bag Fashion That Will Blow Your Mind

From jokey high school fashion shows to high-stakes moments on Project Runway, the idea of creating a garment from nothing but garbage bags is one that easily captures the imagination. The internet is teeming with droopy, puffy plastic film creations, but only a few rise to the status of fashions. Here are our favorites, along with recommendations of the best bags in our collection for you to use if you’d like to recreate the look. Continue reading