Understand The Need to Go Reusable

Why are reusable bags so much better than one-time use plastic bags? One-time use plastic bags are destructive throughout the world. These non-biodegradable bags are responsible for unsightly litter, flooding, the degradation of soil, creating an unnecessary expense for businesses, wasting petroleum which is a non-renewable resource and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of animals a year.

  • It is estimated that 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed each year worldwide – this works out to over 1 million bags per minute.
  • A million sea birds and 100,000 animals such as whales, dolphins, turtles and seals die from plastic bags and other waste each year.
  • Retail businesses spend about $4 billion each year on plastic bags.
  • In the United States only 8 percent of the total plastic waste generated in 2010 was recycled.
  • The United Nations Environment Program estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean.
  • Americans throw away about 1 billion plastic bags a year, which is equivalent to dumping nearly 12 million barrels of oil.

The drawbacks of disposable plastic bags far outweigh the advantages and cities, counties, states and even countries all over the world are looking for solutions to their plastic bag problems.

Watch The Progress, Give It A Try! - Track the Movement

There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to the plastic bag issue since the finer points of each problem can be different and unique to each location. What our interactive map showcases are the stories behind the laws, bans, and taxes imposed in locations all over the world and we make it easy to track the movement.

Give it a try! Click on one of the color-coded pins to find out more about why various locations have a law on the books that prohibits plastic bags, uncover where efforts to implement a bag ban were unsuccessful and discover the path various locations have taken which led them to put a tax or fee in place on disposable bags.

This interactive resource offers breaking news and current information that makes it easy to examine and scrutinize the always changing, varied and wide-ranging solutions municipalities and governments put into action to resolve the same problem – how to address the abundance of plastic shopping bags.

Join with Us to Make a Difference – Join the Movement

Are you ready to join us in this Bag Ban Movement? Leave a comment with your thoughts on the bag ban movement: fill us in on any updates to the bag bans we are missing on the map, tell us where people are trying to get bag ban initiatives off the ground and let us know if you are with us in this movement to create a more sustainable future - then share it on Facebook!

It is possible to reduce the use of, or outright ban disposable plastic shopping bags – it is just a matter of finding the solution that best fits each area and the people who call that location home. We hope that you will join us in this movement to ban the bag, be inspired by the ever changing stories you read on our map each week and help to create a better tomorrow for wherever you call home.

Please feel free to copy and paste the code above to share our interactive bag ban map on your website, Facebook fan page, personal or corporate blog. Please contact shane [at] factorydirectpromos [dot] com with any questions.


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What Do You Think?

Tell us if you support bag bans or bag fees, fill us in on bag ban updates you know about but don't see on the map, and tell us about your efforts or the work of others to get the bag ban initiatives off the ground!