The conventional plastic bag is the one with the least environmental impacts.
The Frontline Defense Against Plastic Bag Bans and Taxes Nationwide
The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA) represents the U.S. plastic bag manufacturing and recycling industry, which employs thousands of workers in 40 states. Founded in 2005, the ARPBA 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 ARPBA promotes American-made plastic products that are the smartest, most environmentally friendly choice at the checkout counter for both retailers and consumers.
Plastic bags are 100% recyclable and highly reused.
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.
In the News
Earlier this month, the Colorado House took the first step toward banning plastic carryout bags and expanded polystyrene foam food service containers statewide with HB1162. ARPBA Director Zachary Taylor recently penned an op-ed arguing that if the Senate follows suit, this flawed bill will ratchet up additional pressure on the struggling small businesses and vulnerable families that America’s plodding economic recovery risks leaving further behind.
ARPBA Director Zachary Taylor recently penned an op-ed on Rhode Island’s proposed plastic bag ban. By mandating that reusable bags have “stitched handles,” Rhode Island lawmakers hope to eliminate plastic bag usage in the Ocean State and push consumers toward what they believe is a more sustainable carryout bag option. However, more often than not, reusable bags with stitched handles—like the ones commonly available for 99 cents or $1.99 near the checkout area at grocery and retail stores—are in fact made from plastic and are not recyclable anywhere in the United States. Additionally, the vast majority of these bags are imported from overseas.
ARPBA Director Zachary Taylor recently penned an op-ed in the Pueblo Chieftain outlining how Colorado’s proposed plastic bag ban misses the mark. The provision to only allow bags with “stitched handles” means that Coloradoans will swap out their American-made, 100%-recyclable plastic grocery bags for more expensive, imported reusable bags that cannot be recycled anywhere in the United States. Also, due to ongoing shortages of both paper bags and reusable bags, costs have skyrocketed. Ultimately, these costs will get passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices. Colorado lawmakers should define a reusable bag based on use and durability, not simply aesthetic qualities.