Pennings Farm Market Introduces Biodegradable Plastic Carryout Bags
New Technology Formula Converts Plastic to Soil in Disposal & Marine Environments
(Warwick, NY) - Pennings Farm Market announced today a product launch of carryout, or ‘t-shirt’ bags able to biodegrade into useful non-toxic bio-soil compared to traditional disposable plastic bags which have come into question by many retailers and consumers.
Effective May 20, 2018, Pennings Farm Market is introducing environmentally-friendly, non-toxic disposable plastic carryout bags offered through Biodegradable Technology Solutions, also based in Warwick. The new-technology bags, when discarded, break down into safe, useful soil in landfills, composters, debris areas, fresh and saltwater or any environment where bacteria and other microbes normally consume and convert organic matter. Able to be recycled and reused, the bags remain stable until entering a disposal environment.
Pennings Farm Market, known simply as Pennings to locals, is independently taking a first step by utilizing fully biodegradable-to-soil technology while solutions to plastic bag use continue to be debated in the Township. Warwick Village is also exploring options. Biodegradable plastic bags offers a better disposal or end-of-life option but does not interfere with ‘bring your own bags’ or the 5 cents surcharge program now slated for the Township. Phyllis Emmerich is spearheading the Pennings program, stating “We’re very interested in viable options to help reduce plastic use, but a useful final cycle is a step in the right direction. Plastics will be with us for a long time, so we are focusing on how to handle disposable bags responsibly. Being able to convert to soil once discarded seems to be one of the better solutions we’ve considered.”
BTS Biodegradables Product Development DIrector, Victoria D’Angelo, also a Warwick resident, introduced the biodegradable bags to Steve Pennings during a Town Hall meeting. “Connecting with Pennings Farm Market is ideal; they are dedicated to supporting Warwick by continuing and expanding ecologically-beneficial practices and understand the value of considering the long-term benefits of converting plastics into a useful final product safe for the environment and marine life.”
Pennings, a 100 acre fixture in the Hudson Valley town of Warwick, NY is best known for their orchards, but offers a wide selection of their own produce and is an entertainment destination. Currently, Pennings Farm Market owners Steve and Jill Pennings use a combination of paper bags, canvas-type bags and is now conducting an in-store test of Biodegradable Technology Solutions plastic bags. www.btsbiodegradables.com
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