The Frontline Defense Against Plastic Bag Bans and Taxes Nationwide

The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) represents the U.S. plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry, which employs nearly 25,000 workers in 40 states. Founded in 2005, the APBA proactively promotes product lines and leads numerous public policy initiatives that serve as the frontline defense against plastic bag bans and taxes nationwide.

With the support of the industry’s workers, the APBA promotes American-made plastic products that are the smartest, most environmentally-friendly choice at the checkout counter for both retailers and consumers.

Plastic bags require 70% less energy to manufacture and consume 96% less water than what’s used to make paper bags.

Nearly 30,000 hardworking men and women are employed and supported by the plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry.

Standard reusable cotton grocery bags must be reused 131 times "to ensure that they have lower global warming potential than" a plastic bag used only once.

Frequently Asked Questions

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In the News

Industry Urges Veto As Vermont Bag Ban Heads To Governor

May 31, 2019 by Vermont Public Radio

As Vermont’s plastic bag ban heads to the governor, Vermont Public Radio interviewed Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, who said more energy is used to produce replacement paper or cloth bags and that a ban will do little to impact overall litter and waste.

How the ban on plastics ‘misses the mark’ on sustainability

May 29, 2019 by Yahoo Finance

APBA Executive Director Matt Seaholm joined Yahoo Finance’s Zack Guzman and Jeanie Ahn, along with Taylor Lorenz, “The Atlantic” staff writer, to discuss bans on plastic bags. Plastic manufacturers “put sustainability at the forefront of everything we do,” Seaholm said, “and when it comes to bag bans, they just miss the mark on sustainability.”

Plastics Industry Pushes Back Against Bans

May 20, 2019 by The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Matt Seaholm, who highlighted a U.K. government analysis that found paper bags must be used three times and cotton bags must be used 131 times for their carbon footprint to drop below that of single-use plastic bags made from high-density polyethylene.

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