New Article Posted: “Plastic Bag Alternatives Much More Costly to Consumers”

A new article has been posted titled “Plastic Bag Alternatives Much More Costly to Consumers” by Anthony van Leeuwen, Fight The Plastic Bag Ban, and Don Williams, Stop The Bag Ban. The article is work of collaboration between two engineers both of whom have a passion to defeat plastic bag bans on the grounds that bans are the wrong solution to litter problems that adversely affects residents.

The new article expands on an earlier article titled “Shopping will cost more with Plastic Bag Ban” and includes a table comparing the different bagging options available to consumers. The article looks at costs associated with purchasing your own plastic carryout bags, purchasing store supplied paper bags, and purchasing and using your own reusable bags. The cost to retailers of supplying you with “free” plastic carryout bags is also estimated for comparison. The article looks at both the cost of bags and the value of labor or personal time associated with managing bags and in the case of reusable bags the time required to wash or sanitize bags.

We show that the cost to retail stores to supply a typical family plastic carryout bags is about $21 per year; whereas, that same family would spend up to $300 per year to use reusable bags. That is a factor of more than 14 times as much.



2 thoughts on “New Article Posted: “Plastic Bag Alternatives Much More Costly to Consumers”

  1. Yeah, ignoring the problem of plastic bags will make it go away. Sounds a lot like our current congress. FACT: Biodegradable plastic bags are readily available and cost little more if any than traditional bags. FACT: Biodegradable plastic bags actually will biodegrade and return to their natural form. FACT: Traditional plastic does not biodegrade but photo degrades and turns into thousands of little pieces of plastic that fish, birds mistake for food. FACT: It takes less energy to make bioplastic than traditional plastic. FACT: You would reduce by 20% the use of fossil fuel by making plastic from corn, algae etc.


  2. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope that you downloaded the article and read it. Be sure to tell others about the blog. We can all agree that plastic bags and plastic debris should be kept out of the environment and properly disposed of by recycling or put in the landfill. Litter is a fact of human existence. You will always have litter, and litter can only be cleaned up by hard work. Currently, all over the country, through the federal clean water act, communities are installing trash screens in storm drain catch basins, inlets, and outfalls. These devices will prevent trash, including plastic bags, and other plastic debris from flowing to the ocean. Thereby avoiding harm to marine wildlife.

    Please be sure to read some of the other articles.

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