Out-of-state plastic companies have spent over $6 million to keep pumping plastic bags into the environment

In 2014, Californians Against Waste led a coalition of local communities and environmental advocates to successfully pass the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Read more...

Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050

If we keep producing (and failing to properly dispose of) plastics at predicted rates, plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish pound for pound in 2050, the nonprofit foundation said in a recent report ...read more

The Facts

  • Average use of plastic bag: 12 minutes. 
  • Less than 3% of these single-use plastic bags are recycled in California.
  • Plastic bags don’t biodegrade.
  • Instead, they break into tiny pieces that are eaten by marine life and enter our food chain. 
  • Single-use plastic bags are one of the most commonly found items at beach clean ups. 
  • A statewide plastic bag ban would reduce GHG emissions by over 166,000 tons, fossil fuel use by over 62 million tons, and gross energy use by nearly 3.2 billion mega joules 
  • To date, four out-of-state plastic bag manufacturers have spent more than $6 million in an effort to block and repeal California’s effort to eliminate polluting plastic bags from our environment. 

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