How Trash Bags Are Made

Garbage bags are a sort of twentieth-century miracle. Since 1950, when first invented by Canadian inventor Harry Wasylyk, garbage bags have revolutionized our sanitation and cleanliness process – versus the old method of letting garbage pile up in germ-ridden metal cans.

Wasylyk created the first trash bag in a chemistry lab. But how are garbage bags manufactured today?

Today, garbage bags are created in large plants using heavy machinery. They are created in long tubes, then cut and separated to produce individual bags. Working with molten plastic can be surprisingly delicate and beautiful! Here’s a simple explanation of the process. Continue reading

The Mysterious Afterlife of a Single-Use Plastic Bag

Ever peek into the space beneath your sink, or search deep within a kitchen drawer, only to find a cluster of dozens, even hundreds, of bunched-up plastic bags? “How did they get here,” you think, “and did they reproduce while I wasn’t looking?” Maybe you occasionally re-use these plastic bags as makeshift wastebasket liners, or to tote small items from place to place, but your usage cannot possibly keep pace with their speedy accumulation. Perhaps you’d feel guilty throwing them straight into the garbage, especially after only one use. And you really don’t know how to recycle them, since your township’s recycling instructions for plastic bags may be unclear. Plus, they seem like they’ll come in handy again someday. So you shove them out of sight. That explains the unruly bag stash – dwarfed only by your other huge pile, the single socks from the washer, for which you still, someday, hope to find mates.

It’s not easy to know what to do with used plastic bags, or what happens to them when they leave your hands. Overall, everything about plastic bags’ post-use afterlife seems unclear and misunderstood. So, with this post, we will take a look into the process of recycling and reusing plastic bags. Continue reading

Trashion: Nostalgia Edition – Trash Bags in Pop Culture Part II

Trashion – that is, “trash in fashion” – isn’t just cool for us hip inhabitants of the present-day. In fact, Trashion has been on-trend for decades. You just have to scratch beneath the surface a bit – or should we say “lift the lid”? – to fully appreciate it. Let’s take a trip through time and explore Garbage-Can Chic from eras past. Continue reading

A Passion for Trashion: How Trash Bags Have Influenced Pop Culture

At PlasticPlace, we’re all about trash bags. It’s a pretty glamorous field. At least, we think so… but you’d be surprised how much cultural influencers think so too. In fact, tastemakers everywhere – the Hollywood elite, pop artists, bestselling authors – are incorporating trash bags into their most iconic work. After all, trash bags are plasticky, shiny, and unlike anything else – so they’re iconic by nature. Just read on to find out how “Trashion” – that is, trash in fashion – is taking over the world! Continue reading

This Plastic-Eating Bacteria Might Help Save Our Planet

At PlasticPlace, we harbor an intense regard, respect, and sense of responsibility for Earth’s environment, and it shows in the way we do business: we use recycled content whenever possible, and our products can also be recycled going forward, to reduce our plastic footprint to the lightest possible mark.* As a company, we feel our strongest and best when we take accountability for the products we put out into the environment. We pride ourselves on supplying conscientious garbage-containers, so the world itself doesn’t have to be one.

Yet the dilemma of plastic bombarding our Earth’s environment continues to challenge and burden us. So that’s why we are so elated about the most recent news out of Japan, published in the March 11, 2016, edition of the journal Science: A team of researchers has discovered a species of bacteria that eats plastic. In time, we hope this bacteria may speed waste reduction, eventually even offering a plausible solution to our plastic problem – “a viable bioremediation strategy,” as the article phrases it. Can Mother Nature heal where humans have faltered? Continue reading

The Top Five “Trashiest” Moments in High Fashion

The trash bag has finally arrived! We at PlasticPlace, of course, have recognized its hotness (and coolness) for ages. But now, popular culture is finally waking up and realizing that trash bags are great: durable enough to double as fabric, cute enough to pass for pleather, and as dazzlingly versatile as they are readily-available. Lately, trash bags have been winning starring roles, from catwalks to sidewalks, from ceremonies to after-parties, from N.Y.C. to L.A. So, without further ado, let’s count down the five “trashiest” moments in high-fashion history. Continue reading

The Trash Bag in History: Part II

Waste disposal reform evolved in two distinct stages. The first stage, in the 19th and early 20th century, aimed to improve public health and reduce toxicity: “sanitation theory,” or the idea that filth could contribute to human illness, developed in 1850s England. The second stage, much later, intended to clean up the environment.

By the twentieth century, new technological advances and consumer goods improved lives – automobiles, refrigerators, televisions, and of course plastics – but also created more solid waste. In response, massive dumps and landfills became more prevalent. In 1948, the Fresh Kills landfill was “temporarily” established in Staten Island. (It finally shut down in 2008, after briefly closing in 2001, then reopening on 9/11 to handle disposals from Ground Zero.) At nearly 3,000 acres, Fresh Kills was the world’s largest city dump – and the largest manmade object on the planet. Continue reading

The Trash Bag in History: Part I

The Trash Bag in History: Part I

 The trash bag may be humble, but this unsung invention has nevertheless had the power to change the way we live.

Before the invention of trash bags, managing and disposing of refuse was a dirtier, smellier, less sanitary, and – to use the technical term – “yuckier” job than it is now. Trash bags have no doubt saved countless lives by containing germs and preventing the spread of disease, and they have improved public health by keeping trash out of public areas. Though many vilify plastic bags for contributing to environmental problems, biodegradable trash bags lessen that role. Indeed, good ol’ trash bags can be viewed as downright heroic. Continue reading

Snag The Bag Of The Season (Advice on Choosing The Right Trash Bag)

Do you have a passion for bags? Craving the must-have bag of the moment, or a timeless bag for the ages? Seeking the bag that best fits your lifestyle? Sniffing around for a smart bag buy – a bag that not only looks great, but also carries its weight?

Read on, consumeristas, because we’re about to share a brilliant Life/Bag Hack that’s going to change your life: How to choose the perfect bag for your needs.

The perfect trash bag, that is. Continue reading