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When a customer buys an Apple product in an Apple retail store, it's packaged in a white plastic drawstring bag emblazoned with an Apple logo, something that's become an iconic part of the Apple experience. Starting later this month, Apple is introducing changes to its bagging policy, phasing out plastic bags in favor of a more environmentally friendly paper option.

Apple is planning to switch from the plain white plastic bags to paper bags made from 80 percent recycled materials, which Apple says will further its goal of leaving the world "better than we found it." Apple informed employees of the impending change in a note, which was shared by 9to5Mac.

In addition to handing out paper bags, employees are also being asked to adopt a new policy of querying customers as to whether a bag is needed at all instead of simply providing one.

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We're committed to leaving the world better than we found it. One bag at a time. So on April 15, we'll switch to paper shopping bags made from 80 percent recycled materials. These bags come in medium and large.

When customers are buying a product, ask if they need a bag. They may decide they don't. And you'll encourage them to be even more environmentally friendly.

If you still have plastic bags in stock, use them before you switch to the new paper bags.
While Apple will begin offering the new bags on April 15, employees have been instructed to continue to use all of the available stock of plastic bags before switching to paper. Once the supply is exhausted, the new paper bags, the design of which is unknown, will be used exclusively.

Given Apple's focus on recycling, clean energy, and reducing its carbon footprint, the company's switch from plastic to paper should come as no surprise. Apple already focuses on minimizing packaging size for its products from iPhones to Macs and two-thirds of the paper used for packaging is from recycled content with the rest sourced from sustainable forests.

Article Link: Apple to Phase Out Plastic Bags for Environmentally Friendly Paper Bags Starting April 15
 
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japanime

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I wonder if this change will be implemented worldwide. Seems as though it might.

In Japan, Apple uses these extra-heavy duty plastic bags that seem about three times as strong as those used at the Apple Stores in the United States. The Japan version of the bags have sort of a silky feel to the touch. Really high quality, and reusable many times over.
 

JustThinkin'

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Apple is planning to switch from the plain white plastic bags to paper bags made from 80 percent recycled materials, which Apple says will further its goal of leaving the world "better than we found it."

Believe me, Apple already has left the world better than they found it, and it has nothing to do with what kind of bags they use!



Please don't lose your focus, Apple. Keep making the world better the way you used to.
 

Flow39

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Oh man, those bags are legit! I wish they kept using them, but whatever. As long as the products are still great, I don't care if they put them in paper or plastic bags :)
 

KPOM

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I’m not sure this is really more environmentally friendly. Paper bags take up more space and thus require more shipments to the store (in diesel-burning trucks). Also, the process of recycling uses energy, and the Apple plastic bags already were reusable (so they were allowed in cities like Chicago that have banned single-use plastic bags in another misguided attempt at environmentalism).
 
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