Facts show plastic bags are better for the environment, and alternatives cause more environmental damage.
American-made plastic bags are 100% recyclable, reusable, made from natural gas, not oil—and a better choice for the environment, consumers and businesses.
Legislation to outlaw recyclable plastic bags and tax paper bags will actually cause MORE damage to the environment. Plastic bag production uses less water and produces less carbon, and plastic bags and films are 100% recyclable. Pushing alternatives—paper and so called reusables—will do MORE harm to the environment.
American plastic bags are made from natural gas, not oil. In the U.S., 85 percent of the raw material used to make plastic bags is produced from natural gas.
Claims about plastic bags in the marine environment are largely unfounded. For example, an Oregon State University researcher concluded that the claims of ocean debris by activists are "grossly exaggerated."
Plastic bags are 100% recyclable and a better choice for the environment.
Plastic bags are recyclable, reusable and durable—and more cost-effective than paper bags.
Plastic bags bans will dismantle the recycling infrastructure of similar products, such as plastic dry cleaning bags, sacks and wraps because retailers will no longer see a need to provide bins for bag recycling.
Plastic bags make up only a small portion of the waste stream. Targeting a single product and banning plastic bags does not address litter.
Plastic bags only make up a tiny fraction (less than 0.5 percent) of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream.
According to a study by Keep America Beautiful, there are a number of items that drive up litter more than plastic bags, including cigarette butts, food wrappers, cups and cans.
In fact, plastic bags constituted such a small portion of roadside litter, that they weren't even specifically addressed by the Keep America Beautiful 2009 National Litter Study.
Plastic bag manufacturing and recycling provides good jobs for thousands of California's working families.
Approximately 2,000 Californians are employed in the plastic bag manufacturing and recycling sector.
At a time of prolonged unemployment, American plastic bag manufacturers provide jobs with benefits and invest in green technologies that revolutionize the plastic recycling industry. Any tax or ban would endanger this industry. Risking good jobs based on misinformation is just wrong.
Studies show that taxes and bans don't keep plastic litter out of the landfill. Without plastic grocery bags, people just purchase replacement bags—often made of thicker, heavier plastic—and then send those bags to the landfill, too.
Plastic bag bans and taxes have an impact on more than 30,000 American families who make their living directly from plastic bag manufacturing and recycling, as well as the thousands more who are indirectly employed.
Plastic bags are recycled into building materials such as backyard decking, fencing and playground equipment.