International Plastics Blog http://blog.interplas.com Everything related to plastic bags & flexible packaging Wed, 01 Aug 2018 18:41:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 4 Considerations for Choosing a Laminated Stand-Up Pouch http://blog.interplas.com/4-considerations-for-choosing-a-laminated-stand-up-pouch/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 20:14:29 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2648 Laminated, stand-up pouches are a stylish and secure method of storing and displaying products. Color options, size, and different lamination additives can allow for customization and creativity. Not sure how to determine what pouch your product requires? Determining your packaging criteria always starts with identifying the main need of your product. Listed below are 4 considerations:

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Laminated, stand-up pouches are a stylish and secure method of storing and displaying products. Color options, size, and different lamination additives can allow for customization and creativity. Not sure how to determine what pouch your product requires?

Determining your packaging criteria always starts with identifying the main need of your productListed below are 4 considerations:

Brand Recognition – The primary focus for a pouch in this category is brand recognition. Do you have a product that you think will warrant repeat purchases? Is this a common product that will be displayed alongside competitors’ similar products? You might consider pushing your brand by customizing a certain look and feel for your packaging, so customers can easily recognize and select your product.

 

Promote and Sell – The primary focus for a pouch in this category is to provide sample quantities of your product in order to easily promote your company and product. Sample sized bags or “promo packs” are a perfect example of offering your customer a smaller amount of product than normal; this allows them to experience your product with less commitment. The goal of samples is to win over customers, and ultimately sell more products.

 

Display – The primary focus for a pouch in this category is to display the pouch contents and showcase your product. Do you want to conserve shelf space? Choosing a simple, stand-up laminated pouch will highlight your product, avoid distracting packaging, and provide a tasteful way of arranging your goods. When branding demands less attention from your customer, the emphasis becomes the product itself.

 

Protect and Preserve – The primary focus for a pouch in this category is the composition of the pouch, and its ability to protect and preserve. The gauge of the pouch is a high consideration for protecting a product or containing a bulky or sharp object. Are you searching for bags to store freezer items? Choosing the right gauge, bag features, and special additives in material are an important step for protecting and preserving frozen or unique goods. Do you roast and sell coffee beans? Adding a degassing valve will make all the difference in keeping the beans fresh, and simultaneously letting carbon dioxide escape.

While there are crossovers between these categories, the important question to remember is, “What is the primary goal for distributing my product?” Just remember to choose your hierarchy of needs, and start with the most important. 

Keep in mind these customizable features: Visit our product page HERE for more information!

Some of the industries that use laminated packaging:

Tea & Coffee, Beverages, Confectionery & Dry Food Stuffs, Processed Food, Sauces, Gravy & Condiments, Frozen Food, Pet Food, Household, Lawn and Garden Packaging, Health & Beauty, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Industrial & Other Products

 

 

 

 

 

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Using Agriculture Film when Prepping Your Garden for Planting http://blog.interplas.com/black-plastic-film-prepping-garden-planting/ Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:54:26 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2600 “Black plastic mulch” can give you a weed free garden Black plastic mulch gardening is done by unrolling black plastic film over a garden to prevent weeds from growing. Cutting small holes or long trenches in the black plastic will enable “wanted” plants to grow.  Rolling out the plastic between three to four weeks ahead

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“Black plastic mulch” can give you a weed free garden

Black plastic mulch gardening is done by unrolling black plastic film over a garden to prevent weeds from growing. Cutting small holes or long trenches in the black plastic will enable “wanted” plants to grow.  Rolling out the plastic between three to four weeks ahead of the planting season will kill the dormant seeds of unwanted weeds during the winter months. It will also make the soil softer and easier to work.

What is black plastic mulch and where can I get it?

International Plastics sells it in various sizes. Pay attention to length, width, and thickness of the plastic. “Biodegradable” black plastic mulch is sold, but BE AWARE, a true biodegradable plastic can only become that way by having the additive, Enso Restore, included during the manufacturing process.

(The additive promotes biodegradation in an aerobic waste environment like landfills)

Heading to a nearby hardware store and buying a 20’x 100′ roll of black plastic may not perform as needed.  Any black plastic less than 4-mil thick can easily tear if walked on, especially if you live in a rocky or high clay content soil.

 

4-mil is equivalent to four human hairs stacked together

How can black plastic mulch promote growth?

No Weeds

Weeds are history. After all, how can weeds grow if they are covered in plastic?

Seed growth

Covering your garden will not only warm the soil and accelerate seed growth, it can trap moisture and make the soil easier to manipulate.

A fuller and more beautiful garden

A garden free of weeds will produce healthy, full plants. In a garden choked by invasive weeds, plants are often robbed of much-needed nutrients by the gangly army of unwanted growth competing for garden space.

What can go wrong?

Its time consuming and a tad uncomfortable in the elements

Let’s face it, purchasing black plastic, applying it, and cutting holes and trenches in the plastic to ensure healthy plant growth takes a bit more time than simply planting the seeds. Not only that, black plastic will heat up under the sun and can tear easy if wearing shoes.

And if that weren’t enough, it’s slippery when wet. Rain, garden hoses or dew. As a result, may want to wait until either the sun is lower in the sky or behind the clouds. Of course, “rain, rain, go away”.

Black Plastic itself

The bigger your garden, the bigger your plastic overlay will be. (Now imagine a strong wind. Not pretty.)

 

Until your plants take a firm hold and secure the plastic to the ground, it can be helpful to use stakes, rocks or any assortment if heavy garden decorative or fencing to ensure the plastic stays hugged tight to the soil.

How do I get started?

Ready your soil now. If there are any things you would like to add or do to the soil, make sure they are completed before the plastic is laid. It will more difficult to make on-the-fly adjustments with all that plastic in the way.

Secure the plastic to the ground along the garden’s borders and allow it to set for several days before planting.

Planting in rows?

Along each row intended for planting, cut one slit in the plastic. Also, make perpendicular slits at each end of the row. Now, fold the plastic’s edges under and open the planting area.

Start planting.

Planting on a hill or alongside an existing plant?

Make an “X” in the plastic where the hill or started plant will be, then fold the edges to create an open square.

Start planting.

How will the garden get water under all that plastic?

Rain will get there, but for a more precise targeting system, simply employ a water sprinkler. In addition, the added water weight will help secure your plastic to the garden bed until the plants take a more formidable hold.

 

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Solar panels on top of international Plastics corporate headquarters http://blog.interplas.com/solar-panels/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:59:00 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2585 The “Green” of International Plastics International Plastics took it upon on ourselves to have solar panels installed on the roof of our corporate headquarters. The hope was that doing so would have an effect on our neighboring manufacturers to do the same. Thereby decreasing carbon emissions while having a “greener” footprint for our 120,000 square

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The “Green” of International Plastics

International Plastics took it upon on ourselves to have solar panels installed on the roof of our corporate headquarters. The hope was that doing so would have an effect on our neighboring manufacturers to do the same. Thereby decreasing carbon emissions while having a “greener” footprint for our 120,000 square foot facility.

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Poultry Shrink Bags http://blog.interplas.com/poultry-shrink-bags/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:20:22 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2574 Using poultry shrink bags to help prepare a chicken for later on is a great lesson for any child. Learning how to provide for the family can never start too early. One of the International Plastics employees, David Fulfer, takes great pride in helping instruct his young son on how to prepare a dinner by

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Using poultry shrink bags to help prepare a chicken for later on is a great lesson for any child.

Learning how to provide for the family can never start too early. One of the International Plastics employees, David Fulfer, takes great pride in helping instruct his young son on how to prepare a dinner by more than going through a drive through. His son loves helping out around the homestead and understanding where food really comes from, and it ‘ain’t’ the grocery store.

Poultry shrink bags are a staple in freezing food for later enjoyment. Walk into any grocery store around Thanksgiving and you will see all of those turkeys ready to be taken home. It can take any number of days for those birds to find their way into your store. Packaging them in the poultry shrink bags helps prevent contamination and increases freshness.

You may be a poultry farmer or a small homesteader with either chicken or rabbit to preserve or sell. If that is the case why not contact us to help you find the right size and type of wholesale poultry shrinking bag for you or your business. You can get started by visiting our custom poly bag link for a quick request for quote.

Source: http://www.interplas.com/custom-poly-bags-bottom-seal

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#13 out of the top 40 polymer blogs on the planet! http://blog.interplas.com/13-top-40-polymer-blogs-planet/ Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:43:06 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2568 The Best Polymer blogs from thousands of top Polymer blogs by Feedspot’s index. Using search and social metrics. These blogs are ranked based on following criteria Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites Quality and consistency of posts. Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review Top 40 Polymer

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The Best Polymer blogs from thousands of top Polymer blogs by Feedspot’s index. Using search and social metrics.

These blogs are ranked based on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

Top 40 Polymer Blogs and Websites on the Web

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2016 Grant Thornton Award Winner http://blog.interplas.com/2016-grant-thornton-award-winner/ Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:33:42 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2522  International Plastics was once again recognized with the prestigious Grant Thornton Award. We moved 5 spots from a ranking of #86, in 2015 up to #81 in 2016, out of 100 employers in South Carolina that had up to $50,000,000 in sales Dynamic companies are judged on five exceptional traits that set their businesses apart from

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 International Plastics was once again recognized with the prestigious Grant Thornton Award.

We moved 5 spots from a ranking of #86, in 2015 up to #81 in 2016, out of 100 employers in South Carolina that had up to $50,000,000 in sales

Dynamic companies are judged on five exceptional traits that set their businesses apart from other similar associations.

  • Innovation
  • Expansion
  • Talent
  • Culture
  • Agility

Since 1984, the Grant Thornton South Carolina 100™ (SC100) has celebrated the substantial impact of private companies in South Carolina.

Participating SC100 companies benefit from heightened market awareness for their business and employees. Leveraging this positive recognition enhances a company’s brand. It can attract and retain both clients and customers, and develop a strong employee talent pool.

Another Grant Thornton Award goes to International Plastics

Download the 2015 Grant Thornton South Carolina 100™ list

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Greenhouse Building Materials: Should I Choose Glass, Polycarbonate, or Poly Film? http://blog.interplas.com/greenhouse-building-choose-poly-film/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:23:26 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2486 Planning to build your own greenhouse or to purchase a greenhouse kit and use Poly Film? You will need to decide what transparent material will be best suited for the walls and roof or your greenhouse. Consider various types of glass, polycarbonate, greenhouse plastic poly film on rolls, or other materials. Each choice will have

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Planning to build your own greenhouse or to purchase a greenhouse kit and use Poly Film?

You will need to decide what transparent material will be best suited for the walls and roof or your greenhouse. Consider various types of glass, polycarbonate, greenhouse plastic poly film on rolls, or other materials. Each choice will have its own pros and cons regarding price, strength, durability, maintenance, and aesthetic considerations. Not all materials are practical in all climates or for all styles of greenhouse construction. The overview below will introduce you to the most common materials used for greenhouse roof and walls while explaining which materials are best.

Overview of Materials

Glass

Glass is the highest-quality, highest-price option for greenhouses. It is the heaviest material and can be the most difficult to install, but if installed correctly and protected from shattering, glass will outlast any other plastic option, when considering the life of the product.

Polycarbonate panels

Polycarbonate is a less expensive option than glass but has many features that may make it the best choice for some installations. Polycarbonate is lightweight and easy to work with, which do-it-yourselfers may find helpful, and when properly treated with UV stabilizers, you may get anywhere from 10 to 20 years of useful life out of the panels. Polycarbonate panels are also available in a wide range of twin wall and triple-wall panels, so you can use polycarbonate in many applications where insulation is necessary. On the downside, like any plastic, polycarbonate will eventually degrade from UV exposure.

Poly film

The lowest-price option, poly film can be an excellent choice for greenhouses where budgets are small and long-term useful life is not as important. Poly films are easy to work with, but they are the least permanent option for greenhouses.

Greenhouse Glass Panels

Glass is the most expensive, but generally the most durable, option for greenhouse construction. Tempered glass is more expensive than annealed glass. If your budget and application make glass an appropriate material choice, make sure you ask the following questions as you evaluate different glass panels.

What are the safety features of this glass?

Annealed glass can be dangerous for greenhouse applications. When it breaks, annealed glass shatters into long, sharp shards which may cause injury.

Tempered glass is four to six times more shatter-resistant than annealed glass, and when it breaks it breaks into small square pieces, making it unlikely to cause injury. Tempered glass is a better choice than annealed glass for greenhouses. There are different varieties of tempered glass  with various tensile strengths:

  • Single tempered
  • Double tempered
  • Triple tempered

Do I need single-pane or double-pane glass?

You will need to consider your overall project budget, including your long-term heating and cooling costs for the greenhouse, to decide whether single or double-pane glass is more appropriate. Single-pane tempered glass is a beautiful choice for low-budget greenhouse projects where heating and cooling costs are not major concerns. For projects where greenhouse heating and cooling costs are a concern, you’ll be better off with double-pane tempered glass (or possibly triple-pane glass if you live in an unusually cold climate).

To maximize the heat-reflecting properties of glass in hot climates, you may also consider Low-E tempered glass panels, which will block heat more effectively than regular glass.

How difficult will it be to maintain these glass panels?

If you’re choosing double- or triple-paned glass, make sure that the panels are sealed properly to prevent condensation inside the panel.

You should also be aware that a variety of glass coatings can be used to make your glass panels easier to maintain over time. For example, self-cleaning glass (SunClean brand) is coated with a material that uses sunlight to break down dirt accumulation on the panels and causes water to sheet off the panels, rather than bead up on them. Though these coatings increase the price of the glass, they may spare you a lot of glass washing over the years.

Greenhouse Polycarbonate Panels

Polycarbonate panels are made of clear, rigid plastic that transmits light almost as well as glass. Panels are typically available as flat twin wall panels, which contain two flat polycarbonate panes separated by an air space. The air space between panes improves the insulative properties of the panels.

Polycarbonate panels are more expensive than poly films but cheaper than glass for greenhouse applications. The benefit of polycarbonate is that it approaches the durability of glass though it is about one-twelfth the weight, which makes it much easier to handle and install than heavy glass panels. On the downside, polycarbonate panels will begin to yellow over time, which may be an aesthetic concern for home greenhouse applications.

Twinwall polycarbonate panels include a rating, in mm, that indicates the size of the separation between the polycarbonate panels (e.g. 4mm twin wall panels have a 4mm air space between the panels). The larger the gap between panels, the better heat insulation the panels will provide.

Greenhouse Poly Film

Also referred to as greenhouse plastic or agricultural plastic, greenhouse poly film is a strong, flexible, translucent sheet of polyethylene. Poly film is available in different thicknesses, often ranging from 1.5 Mil to 6 Mil to 11 mil for greenhouse applications, with thicker (high mil) film typically lasting longer than thinner film. Poly film transmits visible light while blocking ultraviolet (UV) light, and the translucency of the film causes excellent light diffusion, which aids plant growth. Poly films are appropriate for use in a wide range of climates, from freezing temperatures to sweltering heat.

The benefits of poly film are that it the least expensive material option for greenhouses, easy to work with for a do-it-yourself project, and available in a wide range of opacities and thicknesses. However, poly film has a shorter useful life than glass or polycarbonate panels, so the ease of initial installation should be weighed against the projected ongoing cost of replacing poly film over time. If you decide poly film is the right choice for your greenhouse, here’s a list of questions to make sure you answer before you buy.

What’s the film’s useful life?

Poly films are often rated regarding the number of useful growing seasons (e.g. 1-year useful life, 4-year useful life). Consider whether it makes sense to replace your film every year or ever four years, or if it would be more economical to spring for a more durable material, like polycarbonate panels or glass, up front. The useful life of a poly film is determined by some factors, including the climate where the film will be used, film thickness, whether the film has been treated with a UV stabilizer, and how well the films were installed.

If a UV stabilizer has been applied to the film, check whether the stabilizer was applied to both sides of the film or just one side. If the film was treated on just one side, you’d want to make sure you face the treated side toward the sun when installing it.

When you install poly film, try to minimize the chance of flapping, vibration, or tearing by placing greenhouse rafters close together, sanding the rafters smooth where they come into contact with the film. Remember that poly film will expand when it’s warm, so installing it on a warm day will help to ensure the film remains tight in both cold and warm weather.

Do I need woven poly film?

Woven poly film has a higher tensile strength than non-woven poly film of the same thickness, and woven films resist sagging, tearing, shredding, and punctures better than non-woven poly film. Woven films may be appropriate if you live in an area where hail, snow, or the wind are a concern, or if you live with felines who like to claw the poly film.

What film opacity do I need? 

Your climate and the plants you’re planning to grow will determine the amount of light you need to allow into your greenhouse. Check the opacity rating of the film you’re considering. Films are available in a range of opacities, often from 30% to 70% opaque. Take into consideration the thickness of the film will cause it to become more opaque the thicker it is.

Do I need black or white silage film? 

Black and white silage films help create the right conditions for flowering for particular types of orchids and tropical plants.

Do I need condensation control? 

Some poly films are treated to minimize condensation which can form on the underside of the film in humid greenhouses. Reducing the chance of water dripping onto plant leaves may be a need, or if you want to maintain even light diffusion through the film, you may need condensation control film.

Sources:

https://dengarden.com/landscaping/greenhouse-glass-guide

http://www.interplas.com/plastic-sheeting-and-film

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BBB Honors International Plastics with 2016 Business of Integrity Award http://blog.interplas.com/bbb-honors-international-plastics-2016-business-integrity-award/ http://blog.interplas.com/bbb-honors-international-plastics-2016-business-integrity-award/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:26:26 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2459 Greenville, SC  – Better Business Bureau of the Upstate awarded International Plastics with the 2016 Business of Integrity Award for Customer Service in the 11 – 49 employee category during a ceremony on Thursday, November 10th at the Hilton Greenville. “Over the past 52 years International Plastics has focused on building a reputation for excellent customer

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Greenville, SC  – Better Business Bureau of the Upstate awarded International Plastics with the 2016 Business of Integrity Award for Customer Service in the 11 – 49 employee category during a ceremony on Thursday, November 10th at the Hilton Greenville.

“Over the past 52 years International Plastics has focused on building a reputation for excellent customer service,” said Vee Daniel, president and CEO, Better Business Bureau of the Upstate. “As a company, they are driven by a commitment to excellence along with a desire to exceed expectation, so they encourage employees to approach each job with passion. In each business transaction, they ensure process, services, and products exceed industry standards. We are proud to select them as a Business of Integrity Award winner.”

Sponsored by American Fab, the Business of Integrity Award is given to businesses who demonstrate a sustained commitment to ethics and community leadership. The winners were selected in three categories based on the number of employees.

Nominations are submitted by customers or the companies themselves, but this award differs from many others in the Upstate. Rather than being decided by popularity, nominees are put through a rigorous application process evaluating the company’s demonstrated commitment to business practices that build trust with employees, customers, and vendors in the marketplace.

“Every activity International Plastics undertakes, be it internally or externally, the extra steps are taken to make sure it is in line with our standards. Assigning value to each and every person means we always go above and beyond. This will allow us to be in business for another half century and beyond.”

As a local recipient of the 2016 Business of Integrity Award, International Plastics is eligible to enter the Council of Better Business Bureau, Inc.’s 2016 National Torch Award.

Business of Integrity Award

2016 Business of Integrity Award

Sources:
www.bbb.org/upstatesc
www.americanfabinc.com
www.interplas.com

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Safety of Packaged Ice Bag Regulations http://blog.interplas.com/safety-packaged-ice-bag-regulations/ http://blog.interplas.com/safety-packaged-ice-bag-regulations/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:54:48 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2446 Ice Bag statement of identity regulations that was implemented in 2016. The Food and Drug Administration has mandated regulations that a business that sells packaged ice needs to have identification info on your ice bags. Call the experts at International Plastics; we are here to help you. Choose from the three industry standard styles of bags,

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Ice Bag statement of identity regulations that was implemented in 2016.

The Food and Drug Administration has mandated regulations that a business that sells packaged ice needs to have identification info on your ice bags.

Call the experts at International Plastics; we are here to help you.

Choose from the three industry standard styles of bags, plain top, wicketed, and drawstring. We have the familiar polar bear wearing sunglasses art available and then “slug” in the required identification of

Ice Bag Business Identification Slug

Minimum quantity is just 5000 bags. The more you order, the more you save. Lead time for the plain top and wicketed ice bags is 4-5 weeks, and for drawstring, ice bags is 6-7 weeks.

Make your ice bags look HOT. Add your logo and let them know who has the best ice in town.  We can print up to 4 spot colors on ice bags. Get your order in today to make sure you are in compliance.

Sources:

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm197586.htm

http://www.interplas.com/custom-ice-bags

Call Today 1.800.820.4722

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Why bag bans are wrong! http://blog.interplas.com/bag-bans-wrong/ http://blog.interplas.com/bag-bans-wrong/#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:20:43 +0000 http://blog.interplas.com/?p=2418 It doesn’t take much thought to understand the negative sides to bag bans. Bag bans are much more damaging than just a misled city council pushing a personal agenda. These councils mislead their citizens, so the board members feel warm and fuzzy. Bag bans set a terrible example of how misguided politicians can disrupt and

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It doesn’t take much thought to understand the negative sides to bag bans.

Bag bans are much more damaging than just a misled city council pushing a personal agenda. These councils mislead their citizens, so the board members feel warm and fuzzy. Bag bans set a terrible example of how misguided politicians can disrupt and infuriate their citizens. Here are some of the top reasons why bag bans are wrong, and why we work to oppose them:

  1. Bag bans are based on lies, distortions, myths, and half-truths
    If bag bans based on real evidence, there would be a significant and direct link between plastic shopping bags and severe environmental damage. The public would be supporting bag bans, and they likely wouldn’t even be needed. Any review, of the claim,s reveals insufficient evidence, stretched or non-existent statistics, and completely illogical conclusions. Bag bans use emotional statements and pleas, not logic. Some people believe those things, and choose not to use plastic bags, which is fine for them. The government should not pass laws based on shoddy and pathetic arguments.
  2. Bag bans impose on the liberties and freedoms
    The government should never carelessly remove a citizen’s liberty or mandate unproven regulations on businesses. In the case of bag bans, the government has stepped in and stopped companies from offering a free product to customers. Preventing customers from receiving a free service that they appreciate, is an overstep. It is nearly impossible to shop and transport items without some container. Mandating citizens into spending money and operating in a way that they did not choose previously is an overreach. Unwarranted government intrusion into business practices that removes a benefit already enjoyed by citizens
  3. City councils are deciding conveniences.
    Bag bans set a very scary precedent by now stating what particular use of an object is deemed “worthy” in their eyes. They are deeming that a citizen may use a plastic bag for one purpose (i.e.: a garbage can liner) but not another (transporting items). This overreach opens the door to the city government now going through all aspects of citizen’s lives to determine acceptable uses for particular objects, based on how they feel about the material in that object or whether someone feels it isn’t that hard for people to give it up. Styrofoam cups? Unworthy, bring your own. Straws? Unworthy, drink from the cup. Napkins? Unworthy, bring a handkerchief. Plastic water bottles? Unworthy, drink from the tap. Plastic garbage bags? Unworthy. Compost and use newspaper instead.
  4. What else is “bad for the environment”? Why just one type of bag?
    The argument that virtually everything that humans make and use is “bad for our environment,” or at least “unnatural.” Why is one particular application of one particular item being singled out and demonized?
  5. City councils have begun the practice of fixing minimum pricing.
    Fixing minimum pricing sets a dangerous precedent: The city council has now set a “minimum price” for an object (a paper bag). In their zeal to pass the law, they purposely avoided making the paper bag charge a “tax” because the citizens would then have to approve it. Public servants thought their activity is concealed by instituting a “minimum fee” for the paper bag. (This also doubles as a bribe to the stores to not oppose bag bans as the stores can now pocket the money.) Government officials have now introduced a new concept that is more dangerous than their plastic bag ban itself: price fixing. Think of any other item that has a “minimum price”? And notice the odd conclusion: They have not banned paper bags, but have set a “minimum price” on them to avoid people who previously received free plastic bags from just changing over to paper bags. A city council is shouting “We are going to force you to pay for paper bags now because we want you to stop getting free bags and adopt a particular lifestyle that we choose for you.” They don’t have any arguments against paper bags, they just don’t want you to use them!
  6. City councils are burdening businesses with needless accounting
    Most bag bans allow for sales of paper bags at minimum fees. They also include mandatory accounting for the sales of paper bags for a minimum of 3 years, and the business must be ready at any time for an inspection of those records. What a senseless, needless, burden on all businesses!
  7. Bag bans do not take into account the multiple reuses of “Single Use” bags
    Supporters of a bag ban continuously label the bags “single-use” bags. What exactly is single-use? Why do people stockpile plastic grocery bags if they had no other purpose? Why do places like IKEA, and other stores, sell storage containers mainly made for reusing plastic bags?
    The irony is that plastic grocery bags are probably one of the MOST REUSED items that we bring into our homes.
  8. Bag bans punish everyone for the bad behavior of a few
    Plastic bags floating in creeks, storm drains, and into the ocean is bad. Why is the majority blamed and held accountable for the bad behavior of a few? Even if the claims of the number of plastic bags washing into waterways were right, it represents only 1 out of every 3,000 bags at most. So 2,999 people are blamed for the bad behavior of one person (or of the incompetency of the garbage company)? This example is equivalent to banning ALL cars in the city. Then one year after banning all automobiles from the city, and recognizing that instances of cars parking in front of fire hydrants fell by 100%.
  9. Plastic bags are an insignificant portion of total waste
    Ever weigh a plastic grocery bag? They are purposely made as thinly as possible to carry as much as possible. They weigh only about 1/4 of an ounce each or 1-1/2 sheets of paper. All of this regulation, confusion, inconvenience, and effort over a one-quarter ounce piece of plastic? Even if you used 8-9 bags per week (as is claimed by the bag ban proponents), that is barely over 2 ounces of plastic! What does your garbage weigh that you take out to the curb?
  10. Bag bans are applied unfairly and without logic
    Why is it that the proponents claim plastic bags are clogging our drains, streams, and oceans, yet they overlook the MILLIONS of newspaper plastic bags that are thrown down into our driveways and gutters every year? Newspaper companies wrap their daily rag in plastic bags and throw them down just feet from storm drains. All because the newspaper carriers won’t deliver the papers to our doorsteps, where they and we would be out of the rain! Those VERY SAME NEWSPAPERS write op-ed pieces stating how the rest of us should be banned from getting plastic bags at the store.
    Why are there exceptions for certain organizations, such as charities that deal with collecting items to resell? Are their plastic bags somehow “holier” than ours? Are their bags somehow less destructive to the environment? Ask a city considering a bag ban why they exempt these organizations, and they fumble around and mumble guessing that it must be something about them recycling enough material that they should not be punished. Elected officials copy the bag ban from another city without question.
  11. Bag bans have no measurement of success
    Bag bans never promise anything. There is no analysis, no review, and no sign of anything except inconvenience. Reports come out a year later stating that there was a reduction in the number of bags cleaned up from drains.
    Did you not ban EVERYONE from their free choice to use a plastic bag? What other conclusion is possible? An entire city struggles with a bag ban so city workers can clean up a few bags. What is the cost of man hours and effort of a minuscule number of bags being cleaned up? Estimates indicate it costs the people of the city about $15,000 in time and effort for every bag.
  12. Cities are spending millions on bag bans
    Implementation causes the city to prepare information, pamphlets, posters, packages, training material, and educational sessions for businesses as they roll out a ban. Examine a town’s website that has instituted a bag ban. You may find extensive media packages that the city will send out to a business that educates on how to “implement the changes” (that a company must comply with…) of the bag ban.
    Add to that specific call-in numbers, staff who are trained to respond to questions and inquiries, as well as city employees who must investigate claims and prosecute businesses for not following the ordinance.
    The City of San Jose, California set aside over $700,000 to fund a bag ban creating an additional burden on many of its agencies. The total cost is much higher. Economically hurting cities need to raise taxes and are instead cutting services. Silly laws are being passed that cost the city more money just to stop their citizens from receiving a free service that they had enjoyed previously.
  13. Cities could solve the supposed problems for far less than educating the enforcers and implementing a new law
    What is overlooked with plastic bag bans is that the ban never addresses the root issue. Cities don’t ask where the plastic bags are coming from, or consider restrictions on vehicles that don’t secure transported waste. Consider if a municipality spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, of taxpayer money to employ just one or two people who had a full-time job of picking up discarded plastic bags? Why not enforce the littering laws. Government agencies don’t want to solve the problem; they just want to ban the freedom to choose.
  14. Reusable bags have been in existence prior to bag bans
    Bag bans are not about people who want to use reusable bags. Bag bans are designed to hinder people of having the freedom to use a plastic bag.
    BTW: Did you know that most reusable bags are made from plastic? Sure, they last a lot longer because they are tough but that toughness also makes the bag not break down as fast.
    Before the implementation of bag bans, NO business was forced to offer plastic bags. NO customers were compelled to take plastic bags.
    If people agreed with the unfounded message of bag bans, they wouldn’t be needed.
    People vote their beliefs. Stand in front of any store in a city without a bag ban and you will see about 80% of the people freely choosing plastic bags. City council members do not like the choice that people make. Those same public servants believe that businesses and individuals are just too stupid to make the right choice.
  15. Bag bans hurt the poor
    Whenever an ordinance forces people to spend more money on something, it affects the poor by an unproportionate amount compared to the affluent. To purchase a large number of “reusable” bags is an unrealistic burden placed on a family that must choose between eating a meal and purchasing so-called reusable bags. It is a fact that the poor are more reliant on the convenience of plastic bags than anyone. The poor take public transportation or walk in much greater numbers. They shop at smaller stores and buy fewer items more often. Are they expected to walk around with handfuls of reusable bags all the time?
    Proponents try to portray someone putting a bunch of bags in their car and driving down to the local grocery store and buying $100 worth of pre-planned groceries. They don’t think about the person using public transportation or walking on the street picking up a few items at the store. The low and fixed income earners are the most affected by bag bans.
  16. Bag bans hurt businesses
    Businesses do things that optimize their profits. Why would businesses offer free bags? Companies don’t want a pennies worth of bags to stop customers from making a purchase. It is a value added, convenient service that is offered for a calculated reason.
    • Shoppers may be swayed to go to a nearby area to buy the same product and because of complementary bags.
    • Shoppers tend to forget their reusable bags or do not bring enough. They then are not as open to buying additional items.
    • Business has to be the ones to enforce the bag ban, frustrating their customers
    • Some businesses have to discard previously printed paper bags that do not city council standards, not to mention all already printed plastic bags. How does that make logical sense?
    • Businesses may have to stock and supply bigger, bulkier paper bags
    • Businesses are required to track all paper bag sales for a minimum of 3 years
    • Businesses are more prone to shoplifting, with customers carrying around multiple types of bags and confusion over existing products carried in from other stores. Why do some stores display a “no backpacks” sign?
    • More time is wasted manipulating the customer’s reusable bags, or trying to pack everything into as few “chargeable” paper bags.
    • Reusable bags tend to cause more injuries to store clerks as they carry a heavier weight.
    • More shopping carts and baskets are used by customers to transport their groceries to their cars farther away because they refuse to pay for bags.
    • Shopping baskets and shopping carts (or buggies as we in the South like to call them) “disappear” within a few months from stores in cities that enforce bag bans.
  17. Bag bans increase paper bag use
    It is extremely odd that plastic bags are banned while paper bags are allowed to continue. Studies show that paper bags are worse for the environment than plastic bags. In addition to cutting down trees, they take more energy to create, ship, and stock than plastic bags. A stack of 1,000 paper bags is about 4 feet tall while 1000 plastic bags is about 4 inches. Paper bags can only be recycled no more than four times because plant fibers can only handle that much abuse. Plastic bags can be recycled much more than that
  18. Bag bans result in thicker plastic bag
    Bag bans specify a minimum thickness of a plastic bag to be “reusable,” many businesses are just switching to thicker plastic bags. They either give those away for free or, in many cases, charge for them. Consumers used to get thinner plastic bags for free. Customers, now have to pay for thicker plastic bags. Consider a business that had decided some time ago not to offer plastic bags, but only paper bags. (This is a business decision that they are perfectly fine in the making.) Thus, the only change for Trader Joe’s customers is that they have to pay for their paper bags that were previously free!
  19. Bag bans increase costs to the public
    • A multitude of costs (that are not made known) are incurred due to the bag ban.
    • A larger number of “reusable” bags are needed by the consumers than what is considered.
    • Customers must disinfect and dry those reusable bags regularly or else E.coli (Escherichia coli) can compromise the safety of their food. Consumers need to buy more bags to have on hand while they are washing and drying the other reusable bags.
    • People must manage the bags, taking them out of cars before shopping, returning unused bags in the cars, returning used bags back to cars after inspecting them for dirt, etc.
    • People add gas mileage to drive by their house to pick up bags before going to the store. Worse yet is having to return to their home after they have already started to the grocery when they realize they forgot their reusable bag or buy more reuseable bags at the store that they had not budgeted.
    • People must pay for paper bags when they forget their reusable bags, and there are very few re-uses for paper bags
    • The estimated cost to manage reusable bags is $250 per year per family (when personal time is valued at $12 per hour).
  20. Bag bans are never voted on by the people
    A Bag ban is a controversial law that is more than just inconvenient. Establishing a principle of targeting a product, while stepping on freedoms and liberties of both people and businesses should cause us to take pause. Why don’t city councils put bag bans to the people for a vote?
    Examining bag bans carefully, council members avoid a public vote:
    • A “minimum fee” for paper bags is implemented instead of a tax. A tax would require a public vote.
    • A poll of the citizens to gauge opinion prior to a ban is not presented.
    • Bag ban advocates do not want the people to vote. Special interest want to convince city council to impose their beliefs on everyone else. “Do as I say not as I do”
  21. City council members feel warm and fuzzy over bag bans
    No hard evidence and no accountability have been presented. It is evident that bag bans are being passed by city council members just to make them feel warm and fuzzy. Claims are made that they carefully weighed the evidence, but it was finalized before facts were presented. “Public servants” get to feel good about being “green,” even if that decision does more damage than good. The peer pressure from other cities that are passing bag bans affects their voting.
    At the end of the day, government officials overreach their authority, millions of their constitutes are inconvenienced. Businesses get to bear the brunt of having to enforce the law while sacrificing sales in the process. The public gets upset, and public health is even at risk for no real reason except city officials can feel good about themselves.
    Here are some actual quotes from City Council Members:

    “Why is our city so far behind others in this area? We don’t want to be at the back of the pack!”

    “We need to get people off their plastic habits. This is just a first step.”

    “I have heard that our city benefits from added business because we don’t have a ban. But that’s not fair to the other cities around us. We need to level the playing field.”

  22. Bag bans make a mockery of the city council process
    Despite what the city council may think, the CITIZENRY IS NOT STUPID. They see what goes on. They can see the “holier than thou. I’m above the law” mindset. They see the “Bag Ban Zombies” showing up with bags tied all over their bodies, and signs stating how wrong and evil are plastic bags. Intimidating anyone who dares to stand up for a reason other than what they approve of. City council members have already made up their mind no matter what people say or propose as alternatives. Voices are ignored who disagree.
    Numerous email responses from city council members who state that they “carefully considered” the bag ban before making a decision. They realize that “some” people may not agree with it. The decision is made “because it was the right thing to do”. Standard illogical arguments that prove that they didn’t think things through, or even question the statistics that were presented to them are their “wet paper bag” reasons.
    Blatant disregard to the public’s voice is a mockery of the judicial process. This disregard leaves the citizens with just one choice: collect enough signatures to force the ordinance to a vote by the people to get it overturned. Councils know that most people will not expend enough energy and money to go through the process. The silent majority sits at home and stews under the new law. Distrust of local government continues to increase. What will our elected officials do next to impact our lives in some other negative manner?
  23. No studies have ever shown that bag bans improve the environment
    San Francisco, California did a study years after a plastic bag ban was instituted. It showed NO improvement stemming from plastic bags being littered into the streets and streams. There has been no study reviewing plastic bag bans that show any positive improvements that would be significant enough to justify the confusion, cost, and pain that bag bans have forced onto the people.
    San Jose did a 1-year study after the bag ban and proclaimed success because their people cleaned up less plastic grocery bags. They ignore the fact that those statistics only show that fewer bags were cleaned up, NOT the number of bags that made it past the cleanup efforts. Thus, they only show that city workers had to work a little less hard. So when do the people of the city get a tax break for the savings of the supposed millions of dollars in cleanup?.
  24. Bag bans hurt people taking public transportation, walking, or bicycling
    Just how is someone who takes transit, walks, or bicycles supposed to deal with the bag bans? Are they supposed to regularly carry around reusable bags just in case they go shopping? Bag bans discourage people from taking public transportation, as they are penalized by having to carry bags or buy bags. The bag bans make matters worse by only allowing the user to purchase paper bags. How many paper bags can a person honestly carry? Two, maybe three at the most.
  25. A vocal minority takes away the rights of the majority
    80% – 90% of the grocery shoppers use plastic bags. That means the supporters of bag bans MUST be only 10% – 20% of the population. (Or are they hypocrites?). How is it that about 90% of the people vote daily on their choice of bags, yet they are stripped of that choice by just 10% of the people? It is quite evident why your city council never allows these to see the light of day and be brought to a vote!
  26. The heart of the issue
    Bag bans are meant to control people and their attitudes. There are NO improvements to the environment. Plastic bags are an incredibly small part of a larger problem. It doesn’t matter that officials step on people’s liberties and freedoms and hurt businesses. The main factor “in play” is that they were able to control people’s behavior and force them to adopt what they consider to be a “green” lifestyle.

 

Source: Stop The Bag Ban

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