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 landfills.
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, in the
manufacturing process than standard plastic bags.
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for Compostable and Paper bag systems are far MORE than that of the standard Plastic bag system.
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The Standard PLASTIC bag:
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 with
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 one’s dog.
The impact of Plastic bags on litter, the latest figures, 2013, suggest there has been a 20-fold decrease since the levy was introduced in 2002.
If 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 none !
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.