Smart Tech Bags™ technologies are designed and manufactured to reduce the toxicity and amount of trash entering the waste
stream. Greater and more reliable physical performance provides for confident choices in lowering gauge (buying thinner bags) and
increases the likelihood of reuse. These bags, film and tubing items embody best practices for source reduction.
Reduce / Reuse
Using less is the best way to save landfill space and energy and to reduce greenhouse gases. For every ton of LDPE reduced or
reused, energy consumption is lowered by 74 million BTUs. That’s a little more energy than is required to power an average family
car for one year. You’ll also reduce greenhouse emissions by 0.62 metric tons.
Recycled plastics use about two thirds less energy than virgin material because they don’t have to be transformed from their raw
state. For every ton of LDPE recycled, 56 million BTUs of energy are saved. You’ll also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 0.46
Not only are products made with Smart Tech Bags™ technologies non-toxic and completely recyclable, their production employs
best practices to lower energy consumption. Better still, the manufacturing of Smart Tech Bags™ yields 0% pre-consumer waste.
Manufacturing processes are energy intensive and almost all of the electricity produced in the U.S. comes from the combustion of
fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas. Carbon dioxide (CO2), a primary byproduct of fossil fuel combustion, is one of the most
common greenhouse gases (GHGs).
Greenhouse gases (GHGs), including Carbon dioxide (CO2), are recognized as contributing to global climate change. Over 20 billion
tons of CO2 are generated through the combustion of fossil fuels alone each year.That is about twice the carbon dioxide (CO2) than
can be converted by nature.
Plastic in the Waste Stream
Over two thirds of garbage going into landfills is theoretically biodegradable. In reality, relatively little decomposition ever takes
place. Biodegradation happens when organic materials are exposed over time to the proper amounts of micro-organisms, moisture,
oxygen and heat. Unlike compost piles, where organic materials are cut up, stirred and kept moist, waste entering landfills are
condensed and entombed.