In the United States, and around the world, there is a high-profile and growing movement to ban or heavily tax single-use plastic bags. Currently, there are over 350 cities, counties, and states that have banned or taxed single-use plastic bags.
The Problem With Plastic
While scientists are still studying single-use plastic bags, estimates say that it can take them anywhere from 10 to 1,000 years to decompose depending on what environmental conditions the bag is disposed of in (Slate). Regardless of where science lands on decomposition times, the long-term, negative environmental impact of plastic bags is very real.
Inevitably, these plastic bags eventually make their way to landfills and into our oceans, adding to the 8 million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year (Forbes). This impacts ecosystems at every level.
Reusable Totes Are Part Of The Solution
Currently, only Hawaii and California have statewide plastic bag bans. Several other cities have either mandatory recycling programs or taxes on plastic bag use. In March 2019, New York State announced that it will impose a statewide ban on most types of single-use plastic bags from retail sales beginning in March 2020.
As more and more locations adopt plastic bans, demand for reusable totes will undoubtedly increase. PCNA has one of the most extensive tote collections in the industry. From budget-friendly grocery totes to heavy-duty cotton boat totes, we have every size, material and price point covered.
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