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Bag Wars: Plastics Sue Reusable Bag Company

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But due to their durability, plastic bags take can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, according to a 2003 National Geographic article.

The UK Environment Agency said that about 76 percent of plastic grocery bags are reused, and Save the Plastic Bag Coalition asserts on its website that 40.3 percent of plastic bags are reused as bin liners.

So who will win the bag wars? Are plastics on the way out? Are reusables the future?

Statistics of overall bag use are hard to come by, but a 2009 report from the US International Trade Commission said that 102 billion plastic bags are used in the US.



Save the Plastic Bag Coalition

Suzanne Boothby is a Brooklyn-based wellness writer, certified health coach and co-founder of New York Family Wellness. Visit www.suzanneboothby.com to learn more.

Edited by Kate Kunkel

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EmpowHER Guest

Nowadays, people pay more concern to environment protecting, it is sure that all of us should take this as our duty.plastic bags should be used in control.

August 24, 2012 - 7:13pm
EmpowHER Guest

I think Pauls Boutique Bags are one of those style bags. http://www.paulsboutique.uk.com/

August 9, 2012 - 2:08am
EmpowHER Guest

Here’s an update on the lawsuit involving ChicoBag. A settlement was reached Sept. 13, 2011. Use this link to view ChicoBag’s press release regarding the settlement http://www.chicobag.com/settlement-press-release

September 14, 2011 - 4:33pm
EmpowHER Guest

I sell bags. Paper, plastic, reusable, it doesn't matter which, I sell them all. I think to outlaw one over another or say that reusable nonwoven polypropylene us better than low density polyethylene is a pretty big debate to have in general. As a bag man, it doesn't matter, I will sell them all, but in my opinion the story goes to the actual consumer and store owner. All plastics are recyclable, but the reusable nonwoven polypropylene that everyone seems to love has a drawback. They really don’t recycle polypropylene in the U.S. so that means the carbon footprint for that bag that is made in China and then has to be exported back to China. That’s a lot of back and forth over the ocean for a bag.
What a consumer does with the bag after they use it is the real question. Do they use it and throw it in a river, in the forest or landfill? Or do they take the time first reuse their bag, no matter what kind, and then when the bag has served its duty it finds a place at a recycling center. Put your plastic bags in the right bin when you use them. I’m for educating the consumer and then let them decide. Some grocery stores have to use the most economical bag because of their price points while high end retailers have more of their sale price allocated to the packaging needs of their products.
We don’t need Big Brother to tell us what to do if the consumers and retailers are educated with all of the facts. Remember, if you think I am off base here; remember this is a Bag Man’s opinion at www.BagsOnTheNet.com
Thanks and have great day.
Kayel DeAngelis

August 15, 2011 - 2:30pm
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