Plastic Bags

Myths: Fact or Fiction

Degrade in Landfill Myth

Single Use Myth

Paper vs. Plastic

Paper vs. Plastic Studies

Reusables Greener?

Types of Bags

Litter
Public Health

Canada Update

Around the World

Oil Myth

Not Made in Canada Myth
Ireland and Litter

"Not Made In Canada" Myth

Fiction:  90% of plastic shopping bags used in grocery stores in Canada are manufactured in China.

Fact:  90% of the plastic “grocery bags” used by large retailers are made in this country, not overseas in China.

The Facts

  • 90% of the plastic “grocery bags” used by large retailers are made in this country, not overseas in China.
  • This is the same in the United States where the industry reports that 72.5% of plastic shopping bags are made in the U.S. and not off-shore.
  • However, 90% of reusable bags are made off-shore in countries like China.
  • Ontario is the third largest hub for advanced plastic manufacturing in North America.

  • Employment in plastic bag and film manufacturing spans a value chain of machinists, engineers, resin companies, manufacturers, recyclers, and remanufacturers. As many as 10,000 Ontarians are employed in the sector.  (Source: Industry Canada, Canadian Plastics Industry Association)

More Detail