the Plastic Bag Myth
In Ireland, starting 2002, a plastic bag
cost 15 cents. The plastic bags given out by
stores immediately decreased 93.5%.
The vast majority of plastic bags end up in
Isn't that the ultimate in CARBON SEQUESTRATION
versus chopping down trees for paper
bags? -- reducing the number of trees taking carbon out of the air !
A study showed
that both Compostable-plastic and
Paper bags require more
materials and greater energy, per bag,
manufacturing process than standard plastic
|Energy & Materials
used in manufacturing and |
|Fuel (used in the transportation of the
materials & finished product), |
for Compostable and
Paper bag systems are far MORE than that of the
|The Standard PLASTIC bag:
Here are how many uses are needed to
the Environmental Impact of
one use of
one of the old thin plastic bags:
|REUSABLE BAG TYPE
||# OF USES
|New reusable plastic bags at the grocery
|PET reusable plastic bags
|Non-woven polypropylene fabric bags
A PET reusable plastic bag is the plastic square kind you can buy at Whole Foods or
A polypropylene bag is the semi-fabric boxlike kind often given out at expos or
Cotton bags are the nice cotton totes you might buy for their cute
design or charm.
ENGLAND 2015: Just 8 cents (5p) on a plastic bag reduced
use by 85% (7 billion were used the previous year)
IRELAND: with a tax of 15c per bag, the amount given out in stores
is reduced by 93.5% - folks wont be littering
them at that price -- just putting wet trash in them -- for the garbage
and landfill. ( the tax is now 31c).
Carrying them became socially unacceptable — on a par with wearing a fur coat or not cleaning up after
The impact of Plastic bags on litter, the
figures, 2013, suggest there has been a
20-fold decrease since
the levy was introduced in 2002.
someone's going to buy a bag -- better it be the more environmentally friendly
plastic than paper.
In the US we clearly need to tax ALL bags equally -- at over 15c and ban
data from a
Boustead Consulting & Associates report:
The number of plastic bags handed out in stores was slashed by 80% - the
equivalent of 650 million - in the first year, 2015, of Scotland's 5p charge.