Talk:Plastic bag

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Environmental Issues[edit]

I'm new at doing anything w/ Wikipedia pages besides reading them, but W(who)TF is ARPITA SINGH? Apparently this person authored these sentences under the 'Plastic shopping bags' heading part of the article:

"Its wrong to use them and they harm the environment also. So I hope that now you all will stop using it and will regreat it." Aside from bad grammar and poor spelling, these are just opinions and not factual information statements and really should not be here.Skyskier (talk) 04:57, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

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)

(Harms to animals)[edit]


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 (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)


   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 (talk) 08:19, 14 February 2015 (UTC)


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)

Harms of Plastic Bags[edit]

Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). With the excessively growing population the use of plastic bags has become a large issue that has escalated quickly because of the abundance, with no immediate solution (Green). Plastic bags are accountable for a large majority of waste in the world’s landfills because they were created with the intent to be used as a single use, toss away item (De Groot, Abrahamse, and Jones). Plastic bags are known to be a hazard to mammals, birds, marine life and the environment. Plastic bags can only break down into tiny fragments over a time lapse of 1,000 years. These tiny fragments are often consumed by wildlife and marine life because of the mistake thinking that the plastic is food, which leads to sickness and even death for these animals. Plastic bags consume an overwhelming amount of non-renewable natural resources for their production. Not only does it take a massive amount of natural resources to produce these plastic bags for a throwaway society, but these resources also release carbon emissions that pollute the atmosphere (De Groot, Abrahamse, and Jones). Plastic bags are also made with a chemical called polychlorinated biphenyls which releases harmful toxins into water (Derraik). Over 557 species has been determined to have been affected by plastic bag debris (Kühn, Susanne, Rebolledo, and van Franeker). Plastic jeopardizes the existence of all living organisms, especially marine life. Marine life has a high probability ingesting plastic bag particles and high risk of getting entangled in the plastic (Lambert, Sinclair and Boxall). Every year an average of one billion sea birds and mammals wound up dead because of the obsessive amount of plastic bags that are in the water ways (De Groot, Abrahamse, and Jones). With every use of a plastic bag there is always a negative, long term consequence that follows.

Lambert, Scott, Chris Sinclair, and Alistair Boxall. "Occurrence, degradation, and effect of polymer-based materials in the environment." Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Volume 227. Springer International Publishing, 2014. 1-53. Retrieved from web

Derraik, Jose GB. "The pollution of the marine environment by plastic debris: a review." Marine pollution bulletin 44.9 (2002): 842-852. Retrieved from web

De Groot, Judith IM, Wokje Abrahamse, and Kayleigh Jones. "Persuasive normative messages: The influence of injunctive and personal norms on using free plastic bags." Sustainability 5.5 (2013): 1829-1844. Retrieved from web

Green, Dannielle Senga, et al. "Impacts of discarded plastic bags on marine assemblages and ecosystem functioning." Environmental science & technology 49.9 (2015): 5380-5389. Retrieved from web

Kühn, Su, Elisa L. Bravo Rebolledo, and Jan A. van Franeker. "Deleterious effects of litter on marine life." Marine anthropogenic litter. Springer International Publishing, 2015. 75-116. Retrieved from web

  • Thank you for your editorial against the use of all plastics, but the material is really not needed. Many of similar points have been made in:

Your material also does not follow the Wikipedia editorial requirements. Thus it has been removed. Pkgx (talk) 20:40, 24 April 2016 (UTC)


In 1961, the plastic bag was invented in Germany. First plastic bags were used by German company Horten AG in Neuss. (talk) 15:33, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

merge copy[edit]

The below copy seems unnecessary and can be merged with the environmental issues section.

Plastic shopping bags Main article: Plastic shopping bag Open bags with carrying handles are used in large numbers. Stores often provide them as a convenience to shoppers. Some stores charge a nominal fee for a bag. Heavy-duty reusable shopping bags are often considered environmentally better than single-use paper or plastic shopping bags. Because of environmental and litter problems, some locations are working toward a phase-out of lightweight plastic bags. Gram99 (talk) 21:13, 3 April 2017 (UTC)