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” video, hammers home the stark reality of California’s plastic bag pollution situation.
Bag It (The Movie) — Tells the worldwide story of plastic use, particularly the reliance on single-use plastic checkout bags.
Addicted to Plastic (Documentary) — Made by two guys with two cameras over two years, this documentary looks into how exposure to plastic (including plastic bags) affects human health and the environment.
films & documentaries about plastic pollution in the ocean
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.
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.
Plastic Pollution Coalition — The goal of Plastic Pollution Coalition is to bring the issue of plastic pollution to the forefront of the global social, scientific, economic, and political discourse. (Notable celebrity supporters & involved in Malibu’s plastic bag ban.)
Pick Up America — An interesting blog about picking up disgarded plastic (and reducing plastic use). In support of Maryland’s proposed plastic bag ban, they walked across that state picking up an incessant amount of plastic bags along the way.
Ocean Conservancy — A collection of reports from coastal cleanups that document plastic bags as litter on our beaches.
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.
miscellaneous recycling and waste reduction websites
GrowNYC — GrowNYC’s plastic bag campaign focusing on student videos about how plastic bags are affecting our environment
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.
Bag Monster Blog — Humorous blog that will keep you up to date on the reusable bag movement and related environmental news.
Seattle Bag Tax website — Impressive compilation of articles, laws, and studies. Claims to have no connections to the plastic bag industry but opposed the Seattle bag tax and encourages plastic bag recycling as the answer — just like the industry.
Retail Bag Report Maps and Related Detailed Lists — This is a GREAT resource! As part of the Retail Bags Report prepared for the Florida Legislature last month, Florida’s Dept. of Envt’l Protection also developed this extensive website listing all plastic bags laws nationally and internationally.
Californians Against Waste — Great website to learn about all pending laws in California that affect waste/recycing/the environment. Current focus is on effort to phase out plastic grocery bags.
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.
plasticbaglegislation.com — Developed by a plastic bag manufacturer (Hilex Poly Co.) to provide information about bag restricting legislation and (eventually) provide a list of solutions for each legal entry.
Film and Bag Federation (FBF) — Trade industry that represents the plastic bag and film industries regionally and nationally, actively promotes industry growth.
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.