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Environmental Issues[edit]

I don't think it's entirely appropriate that Rlsheehan removed the Environmental Issues section on 14 April 2007 claiming that it was "redundant information which is on other linked page". This seems to me to gloss over the issue. I would restore the text from the previous version, but it's mostly unreferenced. Even if the issue is localized to plastic shopping bags, some mention of these issues on this page would be appropriate if only to redirect readers looking for the environmental aspects of plastic bags. --Jrsnbarn 16:01, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

April 19, 2007 Improvements have been offered to make this a more informative and balanced article for readers. Some poeple, however, only want to promulgate their single political view. Please stop. RLSheehan — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rlsheehan (talkcontribs) 16:00, 19 April 2007
Rlsheehan, I think it's fair for this article to offer a section on Disposal, and don't believe that adding this section was 'vandalism' as you called it in your edit summary. In the process of deleting the Disposal section, you have duplicated a couple of statements regarding biodegradable bags and added some unsupported statements. I don't believe that there needs to be an edit war here, so can you concede that disposal is a legitimate issue that should be addressed in this article?— Preceding unsigned comment added by Jrsnbarn (talkcontribs) 05:54, 20 April 2007‎
Readers are told to see other main articles regarding plastic trash bags and plastic grocery bags. This article should focus mostly on bags used as packages for food, grass seed, beverages, etc. Certainly proper disposal of packaging is important but not a point to dominate other information. There are already linked articles on recyling and solid waste questions. R L Sheehan April 20, 07— Preceding unsigned comment added by Rlsheehan (talkcontribs) 02:36, 21 April 2007‎
While this article is generally much improved, as it is currently written, it gives far too little attention to the environmental issues related to plastic bags. It is not enough to say that this is covered in other articles. The normal practice in for sub-articles is to give a short summary of the issue in the main article. Sunray 16:24, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

Disposal and environmental effects[edit]

User:Rlsheehan reverted an IP editor who'd added a section on the environmental issues of plastic bags, with an edit summary of "not an improvement, discuss on talk page".

Why was this not an improvement? It could have used some copyediting and fact-checking (I've heard that more modern plastic bags degrade quickly enough not to pose a danger to sea-life), but all the content it added was clearly sourced. --McGeddon (talk) 12:32, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Some good material on plastic packaging was deleted, without any reason given. One of the new citations was from a commercial web page and was not reliable. The other citation was about marine litter of a wide variety of sources; Some discussion of this type of thing is found in plastic shopping bag but may not be applicable to all types of plastic bags. There is room for more discussion about environmental issues but it must be specific to this subject and must be properly cited. What do you propose? Rlsheehan (talk) 12:50, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

(Harms to animals)[edit]

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there is something wrong in this sentence :

plastic bags pose significant dangers to marine mammals, such as Leatherback sea turtles, — Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.47.52.153 (talk) 15:57, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

   Besides that contrib having no sentences at all, turtles are not mammals.
   And while we have this opportunity to talk, let me mention that few of us are amused by riddles on the talk pages.
--Jerzyt 02:15, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Kiting[edit]

   I removed this from the Plastic bag#Packages where it is off-topic, but there may be an appropriate place elsewhere in this article and/or a environmental-protection-related one, where it would fit if worded differently:

Oftentimes, children may attempt to use bags as a sort of makeshift kite. By tying string to the handles, they are able to successfully glide them, provided there is a gentle breeze, until they lose their grip or grow weary of holding them and simply let go, unaware of the fact that they are endangering animals' lives.

--Jerzyt 02:15, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Data in section"Use of plastic bags internationally"[edit]

I doubt the number given in this section, especially the data of China. Though Chinese goverment tried to reduce the use of plastic bags, flea markets (common in China) provide them for free, and typically an average civil in less developed areas uses 2~3 plastic bags a day. People in well-developed area use less bags. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 120.210.161.227 (talk) 08:19, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

merge?[edit]

It has been suggested that this article be merged into plastic shopping bag. No - Plastic bags can be of many different forms, only one of which is a single-use plastic shopping bag. For example a Flexible intermediate bulk container is a plastic bag with little in common with the thin single-use bag you might use at a grocery store. An ostomy bag is also a plastic bag, very different in construction and use. The two articles are different and need to be kept separate. Pkgx (talk) 17:06, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

    • There is no support for a merger. I have removed the merge tag. Pkgx (talk) 22:58, 6 May 2015 (UTC)