Conrad MacKerron and Tim Smith,
November 20, 2018-
Walden Asset Management, in collaboration with As You Sow, recently wrote to the CEOs of nine companies arguing that membership in the Plastics Industry Association supports lobbying for statewide preemption laws that prohibit 70 million Americans in 10 states from the freedom to choose to enact bag ordinances to reduce plastics waste in their communities. Our goal was to end financial and brand support for plastic bag preemption lobbying that is usurping local community rights.
In a Nov. 5 article in Plastics News discussing this initiative (“Green investor pushes back on bag ban policy,” Page 1), the association and its subsidiary, the American Progressive Bag Alliance, made several incorrect and questionable assertions. The groups assert that bans and taxes have never been shown to reduce litter. Fees on plastic bags have been shown to reduce litter in many credible, impartial studies. According to a recent study measuring trends over 25 years from the United Kingdom government’s Center for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, there are significantly fewer plastic bags on the seafloor after several European countries introduced bag fees.