Made in Canada
Fiction: 90% of the plastic bags used in Canadian grocery stores are manufactured in China.
Fact: No. 90% of the plastic grocery bags used by Canadian retailers are made in Canada/Ontario.
- While it is true that most of the textile industry has migrated to Asia; this is not the case for plastics manufacturing. Ontario is the third largest hub for advanced, plastic manufacturing in North America, behind Ohio and California, south of the border.
- Ontario has many of Canada’s plastic bag manufacturers – many of which are family-run businesses and are 90% Canadian-owned. These companies employ thousands.
- 50% of the businesses are located in the GTA, but the other 50% are located in smaller communities across the province.
- The local production of bags is important as it helps reduce the environmental impact of bags and global warming potential associated with importing bags. Local production reduces emissions resulting from transportation and the higher carbon footprint associated with cross-country or international shipping. And Canadians can control the production process using green manufacturing techniques, which is not guaranteed overseas.