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Say no to bans and taxes on your grocery bags.

August 30, 2012

This is a news release from the Bag the Ban Web Site.

I am in support of Plastic Bags

Say no to bans and taxes on your grocery bags.

Bag the Ban

Say no to bans and taxes on your grocery bags.

Plastic bags are problem solvers. They are 100 percent recyclable, can be reused for many purposes around the home and fuel a growing green industry in America. Policies seeking to ban or tax these bags are not only based on misinformation, they negatively impact businesses, jobs and families across the U.S.

Think you know the facts about plastic bags?

Plastic bags are recyclable.

Plastic bags are 100 percent recyclable. Nine out of 10 consumers reuse their plastic bags for multiple household uses, like picking up pet waste. Recycled plastic bags are used to make new plastic bags and building products, such as backyard decks, playground equipment and fences.

Plastic bags are the most convenient, environmentally-friendly choice at the checkout.

On a per bag basis, plastic grocery bags are the best checkout option for our environment. Plastic bags are more resource efficient, take up less landfill space and generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions. If consumers lose their choice of plastic bags at checkout or are forced to pay for them, people will purchase thicker garbage bags, introducing even more plastic into the environment.

Reusable bags have been found to contain e. coli or other food borne bacteria.

When tested, 12 percent of reusable bags contain e. coli and about 50 percent contained other foodborne bacteria. Not to mention, nearly 40 percent of reusable bags tested in 2011 contained amounts of toxic lead that exceeded the allowable limit.

Plastic bags are made out of natural gas.

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.

Plastic bags do not make a significant portion of the U.S. waste stream.

Retail plastic bags are only one small fraction of the litter problem, less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. Solving the larger litter problem isn’t about banning grocery plastic bags. The solution is to create new opportunities for recycling all plastics.

Now that you have been given the answers:

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Bag the ban. Say no to bans and taxes on your grocery bags.

Practice Safe Sacks

“You know plastic grocery bags are better for the economy and environment than reusable bags – but did you know they’re also the best option for your health? When your transporting food or gifts, make sure to use clean bags, because you might be giving more than joy this holiday season.”


  1. Check out my new blog:

    On my blog I have a downloads menu item. If you click on that there are a number of papers that I have written that can be downloaded.

    One paper titled “Negative Health and Environmental Impacts of Reusable Shopping Bags” deals with the health issues more extensively than you did in the article above. For example, in addition to bacteria, viruses and virus transmission with reusable shopping bags could make other sick. Also, people who have AIDS or a suppressed immune system may be more sensitive to bacteria in reusable bags then people who have normal immune systems. About 20% of the population fit in this category.

    Also, when bag bans are implemented people always complain about all those plastic bags that end up in the landfill. But they have never stopped to calculate all the stuff going into a landfill after a plastic carryout bag ban compared to before. It would surprise you to know that 3.5 times the amount of material goes into the landfill post ban than pre ban. Those plastic carryout bags are sure looking good. see my article titled “Fact Sheet – Landfill Impacts” for the details and the calculations.

    There is much more.

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