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The Truth About Plastic Bags

bag a the ban. the truth. Plästic Bags About Despite the facts, plastic bags have gotten a bad rap. Here's the truth about your plastic bags and why they are the right choice for the environment, your wallet and your community. Litter and Composition 0.5% RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS Plastic shopping bags made in the United States are made from natural gas. EPA data shows that plastic shopping bags make up only 0.5 percent of the U.S. municipal Plastic bags are 100% reusable and recyclable. Recycle your plastic bags in the bins outside your local grocery waste stream. store. That's why banning bags won't reduce overall litter. the truth.. Plastic Bags About Reusing and Recycling ttttt Nine Of iiii TEN %* Plastic bags are not "single-use". More than 9 out of 10 of Americans reuse their plastic bags at least once, for everything from storage to waste disposal to packing material. Plastic bags are 100 percent recyclable and reusable. 30,000 In 2011, an estimated 1 billion pounds of post-consumer plastic bags and films were collected for recycling in the United States. The same report showed that plastic bag and film recovery has increased by 55 percent since 2005. There are over 30,000 locations for plastic bag recycling across the country! 91-93% Recycled plastic bags are used to make new plastic bags and products, such as backyard decks, playground equipment, plumbing pipes and fencing. 91 to 93 percent of the U.S. population has access to nearby plastic bag recycling. the truth. Plästic Bags About The Real Green Bag Ve Plastic grocery bags require 70% less energy to manufacture than paper bags. The production of plastic bags consumes less than 4% of the water needed to make It takes seven trucks to deliver the same number of paper bags that it takes to transport plastic bags in only one truck. 7. paper bags. 9.3x Reusable and paper bags take up more space than a plastic bag in a landfill. Paper bags take up 9-3x as much space as a plastic bag. Plastic bags produce FEWER greenhouse gasses per use than paper bags or cotton bags. CO² the truth.. Plästic Bags About The Not So Green Reusable Bags 131x MORE A reusable cotton bag must be used no less than 131 times before having a "greener" environmental impact than a common plastic grocery bag! i Many reusable bags are made from heavier and thicker plastic or cotton which takes up more energy to produce. Reusable bags aren't recyclable. The U.S. ITC reports that hundreds of millions of reusable bags are imported to the United States each year. It takes more energy to transport a reusable bag from overseas than it does to manufacture and transport an American-made plastic bag. TRASHED Reusable bag giveaways are environmentally costly when unwanted bags end up inthe dumpster, often after only one use. or:or the truth.. Plästic вags About Bag Bans Hurt Businesses 3001 -25% One store found that 300 plastic grocery baskets have been stolen by customers since the bag ban was announced. Some stores have seen declines in business. One Solana Beach business saw a 25 percent decline in business following the implementation of the ban. 40% Following Seattle's ban on plastic bags, nearly 40 percent of storeowners surveyed post-ban reported seeing their costs for carryout bags increase between 40 and 200 percent. -$10,000 A Grocery Outlet Store told a Portland newspaper that they have lost over $10,000 to shoplifters using reusable bags. Sources: signage testing.pdf recycling signage testing.pdf green/2009/jun/18/greenwash biodegradeable plastic bags using the plastic-bag-ban to shoplift/wKSu NCguEa6B5Z3JFoksA.cspx eating/blogs/are-reusable-bags doing the-good we-think-they are bag and film recycling surpasses 1-billion pounds Boustead Consulting & Associates: "Life Cycle Assessment for Three Types of Grocery Bags-Recyclable Plastic; Compostable, Biodegradable Plastic; and Recycled, Recyclable Paper," 2007. Tariff and trade data from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission. NOITTIE

The Truth About Plastic Bags

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Despite the facts, plastic bags have gotten a bad rap. Here's the truth about your plastic bags and why they are the right choice for the environment, your wallet and your community.


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