Statement From American Progressive Bag Alliance On California Senate Bill 405

Apr 17, 2013, 16:56 ET from American Progressive Bag Alliance

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The California State Senate voted today to move forward on Senate Bill 405, a ban on 100 percent recyclable plastic bags. The vote, which received bipartisan opposition, threatens manufacturing jobs in the state in pursuit of a backwards policy that will increase the average shopper's carbon footprint. Policies to ban plastic bags are not based on scientific data and will ultimately push consumers toward alternatives that are harmful to the environment.

The following is a statement from Mark Daniels, chairman of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, an organization representing the United States' plastic bag manufacturing and recycling sector, which employs 30,800 people in 349 communities across the nation, including approximately 2,000 in California.

"Not only will a ban on plastic bags threaten California manufacturing jobs, it will also increase global warming by driving consumers to use costly, environmentally-harmful alternatives like paper, heavy-duty plastic and cotton reusable bags. Reusable and paper bags require significantly more water and energy to produce than plastic, and their production creates more greenhouse gases. Plus, most reusable bags are imported from China, made from foreign oil and can't be recycled.

If California wants to be a leader in fighting global warming and protecting the environment, this bill is a step in the wrong direction."

About the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA)
The American Progressive Bag Alliance was founded in 2005 to represent the United States' plastic bag manufacturing and recycling sector, employing 30,800 employees in 349 communities across the nation. APBA promotes the responsible use, reuse, recycling and disposal of plastic bags and advocates for American-made plastic products as the best environmental choice at check out—for both retailers and consumers.

Molly Pacala

SOURCE American Progressive Bag Alliance