Not that it’s going to make a big impact on the number of plastic bags that end up in landfills or trees, but plastic bag manufacturers have teamed up with the American Chemistry Council to make sure the plastic bags that are manufactured in 2015 are made of 40% recycled materials.Plastic Bags 40% Recycled 2015

Not that it’s going to make a big impact on the number of plastic bags that end up in landfills or trees, but plastic bag manufacturers have teamed up with the American Chemistry Council to make sure the plastic bags that are manufactured in 2015 are made of 40% recycled materials. 25 of that 40% will come from post consumer recycled plastic. Although the target is admirable, wouldn’t it just be better to outright ban the use of plastic bags like IKEA has done? In the past 2 years plastic bag usage has gone down 26%, so it’s not hard to imagine in the next 6 years there will be hardly any plastic bags being used anyways.

Should plastic bag distributors just start charging higher costs for people who choose to use them until an outright ban is placed, or is making the bags out of recycled plastic really the right way to go?

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