A resource for legislative bodies considering laws limiting the use of plastic bags
films & documentaries about plastic bags
The Majestic Plastic Bag – A Mockumentary — Sponsored by Heal the Bay and narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this “mockumentary” follows a plastic bag as it "encounters enemies and escapes death on its epic migration to its final destination: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch." (2010, 3:59)
Message in the Waves — BBC documentary about how plastics are affecting the people and wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands. Horrific scenes showing Albatross’ ingestion of plastic. This film inspired many towns in the UK to go plastic bag free.
organizations WORKING on the plastic pollution including bags
Heal the Bay (Santa Monica, CA) — Heal the Bay has sponsored several California Bills relating to plastic bags, and was instrumental behind many southern California ordinances.
Plastic Pollution Coalition — A growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.
Ocean Conservancy — A collection of reports from coastal cleanups that document plastic bags as litter on our beaches.
organizations focusing on plastic pollution in the ocean
AboutTheBag.com — This wesbite details LA County’s single-use bag ordinance and includes materials from the “Day Without A Bag Summit.” This is a great resource for California cities considering similar ordinances.
NOTABLE outreach and education programs
BYOBag Marin — A local Marin County program to encourage the use of reusable bags.
examples of citizen science regarding plastic bags
Team Marine — Santa Monica students dedicated to banning single use plastics – in collaboration with Heal the Bay and Surfrider Club.
NYC local groups and programs addressing plastic bags
BagItNYC — Surfrider NYC’s website for New Yorkers that are interested in advocating for the reduction of single-use bag consumption.
Surfrider NYC — Surfrider NYC’s Rise Above Plastics campaign focuses on raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution in the marine environment and advocating for a reduction of single-use plastic bags.
Plastic Bag Ban Report — a helpful website that tracks plastic bag laws in the U.S.created by Ted Duboise, a businessman residing in the Atlanta, Georgia
websites sponsored by the plastic bag industry/pro-plastic bag:
plasticbagrecycling.org — Sponsored by the plastics industry (American Chemistry Council) and biased toward plastic bag recycling as the answer to the plastic bag problem. The virtues of plastic bag recyling are limited, but the website is useful.
plasticbagfacts.org — Sponsored by the American Chemistry Council, includes a tab entitled “Recycling is the Solution.”
americanrecycler.com — Recycling industry blog that (surprise!) supports plastic bag recycling as the ultimate answer. Remember – reduce, reuse, recycle.
Save The Plastic Bag Coalition — SPBC is an unincorporated association of plastic bag manufacturers that formed to “respond to environmental misinformation about plastic bags.” SPBC sues and threatens to sue California municipalities that consider adopting plastic bag ordiniances.