About APBA

The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) was founded in 2005 to represent a thriving and resourceful industry employing over 30,000 American workers in 40 states. The APBA proactively promotes product lines and leads numerous public policy initiatives that serve as the frontline defense against plastic bag bans and taxes nationwide.

Key initiatives include:

  • Increasing recycling opportunities
  • Preventing litter and protecting our natural resources
  • Encouraging plastic bag reuse
  • Correcting misinformation regarding litter and waste
  • Educating the public about the environmental advantage to using plastic bags
  • Combating ill-advised legislation that could limit consumer choices

With the support of the industry’s workers, the APBA promotes American-made plastic products that are the smartest, most environmentally-friendly choice at the checkout counter for both retailers and consumers. But the fight continues, as misguided environmentalists spread false information that prompts legislators in cities and states all over the country to consider plastic grocery bag bans or taxes. Certain environmental activists also work aggressively to ban or tax plastic retail, pharmacy, restaurant and convenience store bags under the guise of environmental stewardship. The APBA needs your help to educate interested legislators and engage the environmental community by suggesting alternatives including reusing plastic bags and increasing consumer recycling.

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Plastic Bags – The Environmental Choice

Useful and Environmentally-Friendly Choice

Plastic bag bans and taxes do not address the greater litter issue. Instead, they steer shoppers toward alternatives that actually are worse for the environment.

  • Plastic retail bags are 100% recyclable, reusable and made in America using natural gas.
  • Nine out of 10 Americans report reusing them.
  • Plastic bag production consumes less than 4% of the water, generates 80% less waste and requires 70% less energy than paper bag production.
  • Standard cotton grocery bags must be used 131 times before their contribution to global climate change is lower than plastic bags used only once.
  • Plastic bags make up just 0.4% of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream and typically less than 1% of litter.
  • More than 90% of the U.S. population has access to plastic bag recycling.
  • Plastic bags can be recycled into eco-friendly raw material for playgrounds and construction materials.

Integral Part of U.S. Recycling and Manufacturing

  • The recycling of plastic bags, wraps and films is the fastest-growing sector of the recycling industry.
  • The plastic bag manufacturing industry supports over 30,000 jobs across the country, and these jobs are threatened by active or potential bag policies.

Target of Unfair and Misguided Legislation

In summary, misguided legislation that unfairly targets plastic bags will have a negative environmental impact and threaten over 30,000 American workers and their families. Expanding recycling and recycling education is a common-sense policy that’s good for the environment, the economy and American families.

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Recycling Solutions

Communities across the country are supporting efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags as the tried-and-true approach to responsible handling. These simple, common-sense steps can help reduce waste, prevent litter and keep our environment clean. And they're working!

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Save American Jobs

More than 30,000 American manufacturing jobs in 349 plants across the country are threatened by proposed ordinances to ban and tax plastic bags.

The United States is the world leader in plastic bag and film recycling, providing many green technologies and jobs.

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Paper vs Plastic

A typical plastic bag weighs 4-5 grams and can hold up to 17 pounds—nearly 2,000 times its own weight.

Plastic grocery bags require 70% less energy to manufacture than paper bags, and produce half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the process.

Plastic Bags take up 85 percent less space than paper bags in landfills.

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Myth Busters

MYTH
Plastic bag bans and taxes are spreading like wildfires across states and cities across the country

TRUTH
Only a handful of municipalities have enacted bans or taxes on plastic bags after we were able to provide information to legislators explaining that they don’t work to reduce bag litter, and that a better environmental policy is to promote a redeuce, reuse and recycle strategy.

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