Plastic Bag Makers Respond to Weho Ban

A group that represents plastic bag manufacturers questions bans in West Hollywood and nearby municipalities.

Plastic bag manufacturers criticized West Hollywood's ban of the industry's product that went into effect Wednesday for large retailers.

The American Progressive Bag Alliance represents the United States’ plastic bag manufacturing and recycling sector, which employs 30,800 workers in 349 communities across the nation, including nearly 2,000 in California.

"West Hollywood’s plastic bag ban will not only hurt consumers’ pockets but also push them toward less sustainable alternatives," alliance Chairman Mark Daniels said in a statement. "Paper bags are a worse environmental option at checkout—using a large amount of water and emitting more greenhouse gases than plastic bags, and reusable bags cannot be recycled and are predominately imported from China."

Daniels also claimed reusable bags have also been found to host dangerous bacteria such as the stomach flu virus.

"Those interested in real solutions should consider the facts and not pass policies that hurt families and, ironically, the environment in the name of 'feel good' legislation," he added. "Instead they should look at increasing recycling programs that address all forms of plastic bags, sacks and wraps, building on a decade of progress in recycling."

The West Hollywood City Council approved an ordinance enacting the ban last summer.

Supermarkets and retailers larger than 10,000 square feet had to comply with the ban as of Wednesday. Smaller retailers and supermarkets must comply by Aug. 20.

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George February 24, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Grocery stores have a lot of germs on the carts and baskets. To carry a filthy reusable bag and place the items I purchase in it is just asking for a stomach sickness. As I mentioned previously reported the famous rock & roll "Ralph's" on Sunset is not part of the West Hollywood ban on plastic so, for now anyway you will find plastic as per usual there.
WonderBoy February 24, 2013 at 08:15 PM
We must recognize science where science is. An argument is a collection of reasonings and hopefully science to make a point. Saying an idea is 'so dumb' is a clumsy start, but acceptable if you then refute the idea with science. I like your premise that gym bags and purses have germs. Makes sense to me. And, I think it's worth checking for a study of purse bacteria. I think the bacteria in or on a purse won't be comparable in danger to e-coli or noro-virus. But, that's my opinion, not scientific research. I don't think it's a 'so dumb' argument. I carry very little raw chicken in my purse. I frankly don't care very much about the 5.5 more e-coli deaths a year that are likely from the cloth bags. I'll take those odds. I like the plastic bags tho. I also know the cloth ones come with a very nominal amount of death and illness. There's nothing worse than a stupid argument? I think calling an argument stupid to avoid engaging in -- it makes you look, well...
WonderBoy February 24, 2013 at 08:17 PM
FactoryDIrectPromos February 25, 2013 at 04:42 PM
It continues to amaze me how these plastic bag manufacturers continue to fight and whine instead of changing their business model. Take a look at this map and tell me oyu think the world is going to stop making progress toward a healthier tomorrow!! http://www.factorydirectpromos.com/plastic-bag-bans The problems with single use plastic bags are well documented.
WonderBoy February 25, 2013 at 09:13 PM
I agree with that. I'd like to see plastic bags made biodegradable, like the green plastic water bottles. I don't know the cost, but there might be a market for those?


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