Posted June 18, 2019 in News and Events by Minister of Information
Our World is Choking on Plastic Grocery Bags
According to a recent sweeping article from The Guardian, plastic recycling is a "do good" field that is failing en-mass. By "en-mass" – think MASS – try to comprehend one million tons of plastic currently being shipped worldwide for recycling. America generates 34.5 million tons of plastic each year. Not only is the business of sorting and separating plastic for recycling causing immense pollution in foreign countries, but it’s a grave health concern whose problems may take years to appear.
Supposedly there’s a plastic waste mass touted as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in the middle of the ocean the size of Texas. It’s estimated that thousands of species of ocean creatures will be affected by this waste. From giant whales that feed on plankton, mistaking masses of broken down plastic waste for their food, down to the microscopic organisms themselves becoming choked out.
While the Minister of Information for D.O.R.A (Department Of Redoxx Affairs) was residing in Billings, Montana, the home of Red Oxx Manufacturing, he spent many a day picking up plastic shopping bags that would blow into his yard. On any given day, there could be up to half a dozen plastic bags stuck in the lilacs, the spruce, the elms, the fence, or plastered against the house.
Ten years ago, before the onslaught of plastic bags for everything, the old tumbleweed might be an eyesore to pluck from the yard. Today discarded plastic grocery bags can line entire stretches of highway, stuck in fences along the way, as is often the case while driving into Billings. Travel across the great American west is rapidly becoming the Land of Oz’s plastic brick road.
While the decision to launch a reusable grocery bag several years ago was based on creating a grocery bag that would not break, using that Market Tote on a regular basis is now more relevant than ever before.
Some use the excuse that they forget to bring their bags with them. This is easily remedied by hanging the tote on your front door knob after unloading its contents. Can’t miss it on the way out the door! The Minister stores more than a few in his rig, at the ready to take into the store or swarm the local farmer’s market.
As more and more communities, or entire states, embark on banning the ubiquitous and ever present plastic grocery bag, Americans now look for ways to shop their favorite grocery store or farmer’s market while using a bag that meets or exceeds expectations.
Look no further. Red Oxx has expanded their popular shopping tote line with a new mid-size grocery tote based on their tough-as-a-tank Market Tote. Presenting the Mezzo Tote, a shopping bag smack dab in the middle of the tote size lineup. Mezzo, translated as "middle" "medium" or "half" is a shopping tote perfectly suitable for those single shoppers.
Now that there are three convenient sizes of shopping totes to choose from, you can carry all three in your car, and grab whichever size is suitable for your shopping experience. Got a family to feed? Go big with the original Market Tote, likely the toughest sustainable shopping tote in the entire world. Red Oxx President Perry Jones got curious one day and wanted to know, 'Just how much weight would his Market Tote would hold?' Watch the video below to see it. Go ahead, be astounded and believe it, with your own eyes!
Is your residence home to just a single mouth? Choose the Mezzo Tote, with enough capacity to carry a 12-pack of soda, a gallon of milk, and a loaf of bread. Or maybe you’re just after one or two items (sure, that’s the purpose of the visit to the store, but is it ever the likely outcome?), the Mini Tote will easily hold a beer Growler, or a “personal” watermelon, or loaf of bread, or carton of eggs, or a batch of apples or oranges. The Minister carried his Mini Tote to work every day as his lunch tote.
Plastic pollution is a concern for residents of not only foreign countries, but also here in the U.S.A. A visit to the local landfill a few years ago revealed plastic bags plastered across local resident’s porches. Yeah, some developers built houses on the landfill, and yeah, some really stupid buyers of homes there eventually sued the city. Who the real dummies were – the city, the developers, or the buyers, is irrelevant. The point is, loose plastic bags tossed into trash cans can easily go "airborne" and sail many miles before planting themselves on someone’s property. In Hawaii, most local residents take their trash to the dump. Loose plastic bags blow off their vehicles into the ocean, continually adding the the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Do your part to help alleviate the plastic bag pollution problem and pick up a few Red Oxx Shopping Totes.
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