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 thousands of 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.

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.

The manufacturing process for paper bags uses 3 times more water and emits 2 times more greenhouse gases than plastic grocery bags.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Find a Recycling Center

Other ways to get involved:

Hold a recycling event

In the News

APBA’s Matt Seaholm joins Talk1300 to discuss New York’s plastic bag ban, imminent bag shortage, and the impact on small businesses

January 15, 2020

Listen to Matt Seaholm, executive director of the APBA, discuss New York’s plastic bag ban with Paul Vandenburgh.

APBA Statement on New Jersey Grocery Bag Legislation

January 14, 2020

Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, released the following statement regarding New Jersey’s grocery bag legislation.

Denver City Council to vote for second time on plan to charge fee for paper or plastic shopping bags

December 23, 2019 by The Denver Channel

The Denver City Council will soon take a second vote on a 10-cent carryout bag fee. This news segment quotes APBA’s Matt Seaholm, who says that plastic “uses the least amount of material, it uses the least amount of energy to produce, to transport, and ultimately it gets reused at least once.”

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