Progressive Bag Alliance

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The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA), founded in 2005, is a group of American plastic bag manufacturers and related companies who lobby against plastic bag bans or fees.[1] The organization is currently part of Society of the Plastics Industry, the plastics industry trade association. From 2007-2011, it was known as the Progressive Bag Affiliates (PBA) when it part of the American Chemistry Council.[2]


In California, APBA spent 3 million dollars in 2014 organizing a petition against the statewide ban on plastic bags in grocery stores passed by the state legislature. The petition collected 800,000 signatures, halting the ban pending a 2016 referendum.[3] Voters approved the referendum, Proposition 67, reinstating the ban.[4]

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  1. ^ Guo, Jeff. "A plastic bag lobby exists, and it's surprisingly tough". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ "ACC, SPI Align and Expand Efforts to Defend Plastic Bags and Increase Plastic Film Recycling". American Chemistry Council, Inc. December 15, 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  3. ^ Matier & Ross. "Plastic bag industry profits as it faces tough battle over ban". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  4. ^ Luna, Taryn (November 10, 2016). "Californians say farewell to the plastic bag". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  5. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: American Progressive Bag Alliance Releases New Ad Targeting SB 270 as California Job". Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Making Old Bags New Again". Plastics Technology. September 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  7. ^ "About Progressive Bag Alliance". Progressive Bag Alliance. Archived from the original on August 11, 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2012.

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