Thursday, August 13, 2009

One less plastic bag a day?

What about 3,000 less plastic bags a day! We already know that plastic bags are harmful to the environment. They’ve been around for about 50 years, so there is no firsthand evidence of their natural decomposition rate. However, scientists have been able to estimate that plastic bags can take up to 500 years to photo degrade!

NVIDIA’s decided to do something about this. Over the next week, we will stop using plastic bag liners in the cubicle trash containers. Our janitorial crew is well prepared to implement a successful “no plastic bag” program.

Effective immediately, we are asking all employees to take any wet and sticky waste to the Coffee Areas for disposal. Dry trash, mixed paper and other recyclables can be discarded in the bins in your cubicle.

I really like working at nVidia. Sweating the details. And knowing our CEO he's also thinking "Hey, that's $1.47 to the bottom line. Why throw money in the trash! LITERALLY IN THE TRASH!"


W.Peabody said...

Hmm. I have yet to believe plastic takes 500 years to degrade. I've noted first hand the sun can photodegrade all kinds of plastic bags into dust in a few months, or less. New car tires begin significant degradation from the sun in about 6 years. I don't know where those people are coming up with those numbers.
Just the same, I'm all for using fewer resources, especially petroleum products. So, fewer plastic bags it is!

murphstahoe said...

ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Can you grow tomatoes in the resultant dust from the photodegradation of 10,000 plastic bags? I know first hand that I can grow tomatoes in the resultant dust from paper bags as my worms find those bags very yummy and turn them into some fine fertilizer. They turn their noses up at plastic.

Taken to the next level, those fine particles that you don't see are now small enough to be ingested by all sorts of creatures, ingested - but not digested.