BanTheBag.com is dedicated to
reducing the use of single-use plastic shopping bags. Low cost and convenience
have contributed to a dramatic increase in the use of plastics over the last
decade. The world wide usage of single use plastic bags may exceed 1 trillion bags
we are focusing on reducing the use of single-use plastic bags and encouraging
the usage of reusable bags. By reducing the use of plastic bags, we can reduce
the amount of plastics entering the environment and ease the negative impacts
There is a great deal of debate over the effectiveness of a total plastic bag ban. We believe that plastic like anything else
is best used in moderations and then recycled. We believe "single use" when related to shopping bags is an irresponsible use
of resources. This is especially true when bags are not recycled.
|The recent California ban on plastic bags is a noble attempt to address a bad habit of California's consumers. There is no question that
this effort took a monumental effort and will do a great deal of good. BanTheBag.com would like to thank everyone for their help in making this happen.
None the less, there are several things that could make this new law more effective:
Let's use these ideas to implement a national bag ban that not only reduces single bag usage, but also educates and provides a financial incentive to recycle!
Continue offering plastic bags with a deposit
Prior to the California bag ban, consumers were topically given plastic or paper bags free of charge.
` Now, plastic bags have been removed from most grocery
stores and if you've forgotten your plastic bag, you can purchase a paper bag for ten cents or a more expensive reusable bag. If these larger paper bags or newly
purchased reusable bags are actually reused, then that is an improvement. If not, the amount of waste entering the landfills is greater.
Use proceeds from paper bags to educate the public or improve local recycling
Proceeds from the ten cent charge for each paper bags purchased at grocery store should go to a program to help educate the public about waste and improve the recycling
industry. Currently, the ten cents charged for paper bags stays at the grocery store as a new profit. This is not an incentive for stores to encourage customers to bring
in reusable bags. An educational program or investment in the recycling industry would be so much more effective.
Start a plastic bag deposit/redemption program similar to aluminium cans and plastic bottles.
If grocery stores took a ten cent deposit on plastic bags and directed those funds towards a plastic bag redemption program, we would instantly have tens of thousands of people returning bags for a deposit. Those are bags that would not end up in the landfill. If you charged ten cents and paid 5 cents for the bag upon return, that would leave 5 cents per bag to fund the redemption program and create new jobs.
What can be done to slow the use of plastic bags?
- Support programs that require a refundable deposit on plastic bags
- Educate yourself and others on plastics and how they can damage the environment
- Refuse plastic bags
- Reduce your use of plastic bags
- Reuse plastic bags
- Recycle plastic bags
- Buy reusable bags and use them
- Tell your friends about the problems with plastics
Watch more fun and educational videos about plastic bags.
We welcome your comments below. We would like this to be a place for a civil discussion for both sides of the plastic bag debate.
There is nothing wrong with conflicting arguments on this topic, if you can back up your statements. But, please be respectful of others despite your conflicting opinions.