According to The Asahi Shimbun, the plastic containers somebody just tossed in the trash or worse, the ocean, where it can take an eternity to deteriorate, is getting a second life as a new plastic bag.
Trading house Itochu Corp. teamed up with the nation's leading plastic bag manufacturer to develop the world's first plastic bag made from raw materials derived from marine debris.
Itochu, which partnered with subsidiary Sanipak Co. of Japan Ltd. to manufacture the bags for commercial use, hopes the project will help prod businesses to make greater efforts to go green, company officials said.
To make the bags, polyethylene containers that washed up on the shore of Nagasaki Prefecture's Tsushima island were crushed and reprocessed, Itochu officials said.
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