The commentary by Good Foods Market & Café vice president Terri Fann contains inaccuracies about plastic bags.
American-made plastic bags are made from natural gas, not oil. They do not contain Bisphenol A (BPA) or phthalates. BPA makes plastic hard and is not a substance used in plastic-bag manufacturing. Phthalates make plastic so soft it could never be used in a plastic grocery bag as the bag would not be strong enough to hold anything.
We agree that litter in any form is unacceptable. But if we want to have an informed discussion about policies to address litter, it should be based on facts.
Instead of imposing legislation singling out one product — one that makes up a fraction of 1 percent of the waste stream — why not look at a solution that addresses all forms of plastic film?
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At Hilex Poly, we not only manufacture plastic bags, we're also the largest closed-looped recycler of plastic bags, wraps and films. More than 25 million pounds of bags, wraps and films will be recycled at our facility this year.
Plastic bags can and are being recycled. I'm planning to invite Fann and the other panelists who spoke after the recent Bag It film viewing in Lexington to visit our recycling plant to see firsthand how easy and beneficial plastic film recycling can be.
The producers of Bag It spent eight hours filming in our recycling facilities and were highly c omplimentary. Unfortunately, they chose not to use the footage because it did not meet their political agenda.